The Libyan judiciary orders the death penalty for 17 people convicted of belonging to the Islamic State

Agence France-Presse:

, a Libyan criminal court handed down death sentences to 17 people

convicted of belonging to the Islamic State group and committing deadly acts of violence, according to the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

In addition to the aforementioned death sentences, the court sentenced other defendants to life imprisonment and 14 others with varying sentences.

according to the same source.

In a statement, the Public Prosecutor’s Office condemned them for committing “acts linked to ISIS” and “undermining the state and social peace.

and adopting violence and armed action in the city of Sabratha (west) and the surrounding areas.”

The source said they are accused of killing 53 people, destroying public buildings, and hiding dozens.

Libya descended into chaos after the uprising that overthrew the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011, and a large number of armed militias and foreign mercenaries spread across the country on the impact of foreign intervention.

Taking advantage of the absence of the state, the Islamic State established its presence in several Libyan cities.

making Sirte its stronghold in June 2015 before being expelled in 2016. As for the jihadists who did not die in the fighting.

or were arrested they withdrew to the desert and also to cities in western Libya.

Central Sabratha was briefly occupied by extremists in February 2016 before government forces quickly recaptured the city.

And Libya voted in 2010 against the United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for a halt to the use of the death penaltyز

but there are no official statistics on the number of executions that have been carried out in this country.

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