Twelve freed members of former Libyan regime found dead

Twelve freed members of former Libyan regime found dead
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13 June, 2016
Twelve former Gaddafi regime officials have been found dead in various parts of Tripoli a day after they were released, Libyan officials said Sunday.
The former regime officials who were freed on Thursday have not been identified [AFP]

Twelve members of the former Libyan regime have been killed after their release from jail for taking part in acts of repression during the 2011 revolt against Muammar Gaddafi, officials said on Sunday.

A Tripoli court ordered the conditional release of the former regime officials on Thursday, and on Friday their bullet-riddled bodies were found in the capital, the prosecution said on its Facebook page.

An investigation into the murders has begun, it added.

The victims had been imprisoned on charges of committing abuses during the uprising that toppled and killed Gaddafi.

They were freed on condition that they report to the prosecutor every two weeks.

The UN special envoy to Libya Martin Kobler condemned the murders and called for a prompt and "transparent" investigation.

Kobler tweeted that he was "shocked and dismayed by the reports of murder of so many detainees released by a Tripoli court".

A statement on its Facebook page called on security and judiciary authorities to find the assailants and bring them to justice.The Government of National Accord also denounced what it called a "despicable crime".

Seddiq Essour, of the prosecutor's office, told Libyan television the bodies were found in various parts of the capital and confirmed that all were former prisoners.

He said they had been arrested between 2011 and 2014.

The identities of the victims were not immediately released.

Earlier this month, Essour had said the supreme court had ordered the release of six Gaddafi regime officials pending an appeal, for reasons linked to their health and age.

Dozens of people are on trial in Libya for their role in the violent suppression of the revolt, including two of Gaddafi's sons and ex-government officials.

In July 2015 several people were sentenced to death, including Seif al-Islam, Gaddafi's son and one-time heir apparent.