NATO Hit for Extra-Judicial Killing of Gaddafi

Human Rights Watch called for an investigation of the circumstances of Qaddafi’s death, because if he was killed while in detention, it would constitute a serious violation of the laws of war.

Extra-judicial killings = War Crime / Wikimedia Commons *

“Killing someone outside a judicial procedure, even in countries where there is the death penalty, is outside the rule of law.”
Rupert Colville, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights / LaRouchePac

October 22, 2011

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday told three Russian radio stations that it was wrong to kill Muammar Qaddafi. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHRC) and a growing number of organizations are also calling for a probe into his death.

Qaddafi was captured, and then killed, thursday, after a U.S. Predator drone and NATO aircraft attacked and broke up a convoy of vehicles trying to leave the Libyan city of Sirte. Several of the vehicles were destroyed, killing 50. Qaddafi was captured alive nearby and later executed with a bullet to the head.

Lavrov said that the killing of Qaddafi was a violation of the rules of the Geneva Conventions during armed conflicts. He emphasized twice that “They should not have killed him.”

NATO actions preceding the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi should be scrutinized for their compliance with international law, Lavrov said. Revelation of the role of the Predator would reveal Obama’s complicity in creating conditions for the killing of Qaddafi, since all Qaddafi was trying to do was to leave the scene. Information from surveillance supplied by the drone to NATO, and its subsequent attack, prevented Qaddafi from leaving.

The fact that UN Security Council Resolution 1973, based on protecting civilians, was turned into a justification for killing Qaddafi, which was not the intention of Russia and China when they voted for the resolution, is also increasingly coming under public scrutiny.

Russian Envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin today attacked the Western elation over the death of Qaddafi as sadistic.

“The faces of the leaders of world democracies are so happy, as if they remembered how they hanged stray cats in basements in their childhoods,” Russian envoy to NATO and the leader of the Congress of Russian Communities, Dmitry Rogozin, wrote in his twitter status on Friday.

On Thursday evening Rogozin told Russian radio Echo of Moscow that NATO was directly involved in the operation to kill the former Libyan leader. “Apparently there were orders that oriented the military servicemen who are in Libya and that directed them to ensure the physical elimination of Gaddafi,” Rogozin said.

The official added that Russia must make a conclusion from the existing situation. “We must bear in mind who we are dealing with in the face of Western democracies,” Rogozin said.

UNHRC High Commissioner Navi Pillay called for a full investigation of the killing. Her spokesman said that Qaddafi’s killing could have been illegal: He said that it is “very clear under international law that summary executions, extra-judicial killings, are illegal.”

“We believe there is a need for an investigation,” said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. “More details are needed to ascertain whether he was killed in some form of fighting or was executed after his capture.”

“The two cell phone videos that have emerged, one of him alive, and one of him dead, taken together are very disturbing,” he told reporters in Geneva.

“You can’t just chuck the law out of the window,” he added.

“Killing someone outside a judicial procedure, even in countries where there is the death penalty, is outside the rule of law.”

Human Rights Watch called for an investigation of the circumstances of Qaddafi’s death, because if he was killed while in detention, it would constitute a serious violation of the laws of war.

Source: http://www.larouchepac.com/node/19942

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* Image reference:

Killings in Ivangorod (1942)
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kiev_Jew_Killings_in_Ivangorod_%281942%29.jpg

Photographer unknown – Often attributed to Jerzy Tomaszewskiwho discovered it.

Public domain This image is in the public domain because according to the Art. 3 of copyright law of March 29, 1926 of the Republic of Poland and Art. 2 of copyright law of July 10, 1952 of the People’s Republic of Poland, all photographs by Polish photographers (or published for the first time in Poland or simultaneously in Poland and abroad) published without a clear copyright notice before the law was changed on May 23, 1994 are assumed public domain.

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