Libya rebels plan to try Kadhafi in Libya 'after victory'

28th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Strongman Moamer Kadhafi will go on trial in Libya "after the victory" of rebel forces, the head of the rebels' national council told French television Monday.

"After the victory we will try Kadhafi in Libya for all the crimes he has committed," Mustafa Abdel Jalil told France 2 journalists in the eastern rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

"We will try to build a free, democratic country that respects human rights and political alternation," he said, adding that the Libyan people had made "a difficult choice, that of confronting a tyrant."

Jalil, a former justice minister who is in hiding amid fears for his safety, added that the rebels had "an urgent need for light arms."

After almost losing Benghazi before coalition air strikes began on March 19, the rebels are now rapidly pushing westwards.

The council, a 31-member body representing major cities and towns in the north African country, was set up on March 5.

© 2011 AFP

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