Human Rights Litigation
LAA has been lead consultant on a lawsuit filed by attorney Faisal Gill on June 26, 2019 against Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar for his role in ordering and facilitating the deaths of several civilians who lost their lives during the Libyan National Army’s April 2019 Tripoli offensive.
On April 4, 2019, forces loyal to Haftar advanced on Tripoli and, through this offensive, are accused of indiscriminately launching rockets and targeting nonmilitary targets, civilians, and medical facilities. This indiscriminate shelling sets the foundation for the lawsuit against Haftar.
Complaint served on Haftar
Haftar’s response to complaint
Discovery phase begins
Discovery phase ends
Case stayed until end of Libyan election
Motion to reconsider stay filed
Fmr Amb to UN
Fmr Amb-at-Lrg, War Crimes
On January 4, 2020, while 50 unarmed firstyear cadets practiced drills at Al-Hadba Military Academy in Tripoli, an explosion scattered the group, killing more than 25 cadets. United Nations (UN) envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame attributed the lethal drone strike to a country supporting Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA). LNA Spokesperson Ahmed al-Mesmari denied responsibility, but LNA Brigadier General Khalid al-Mahjoub stated that the LNA received information that militia groups were receiving training at the academy.
A BBC investigation found that the attack was executed by a Chinese Blue Arrow 7 laser-guided missile fired from a Chinesemanufactured Wing Loong II drone, and that at the time of the attack, Wing Loong II drones were present at one air base in Libya: Benghazi’s al-Khadim air base in the LNA-controlled eastern territory. A 2019 Final Report of the UN Panel of Experts found that the UAE had violated the UN arms embargo by sending Wing Loong drones and Blue Arrow 7 missiles into Libya, as well as providing military material to Haftar’s forces.