Libya says ex-deputy PM suspect in general's killing

By REUTERS
November 29, 2011 00:25




TRIPOLI - Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) said on Monday a former NTC deputy prime minister was suspected of involvement in the killing of one of the rebel movement's most senior military commanders.

General Abdel Fattah Younes was killed by his own side in July, an incident that caused deep rifts inside the rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi's rule. The naming of the suspects risks reviving those divisions.

At a news conference broadcast on Libyan television, NTC chief military prosecutor Yussef Al-Aseifr named Ali El-Essawi as chief suspect. Essawi served as the NTC's interim deputy prime minister until he stepped down earlier this year.

"The number one suspect in the investigation is the former deputy head of (the NTC) executive office Ali Abdelaziz Saad Al-Essawi," Aseifr said.

"There are seven people suspected of involvement in Abdel Fattah Younes's killing. Three have been arrested and security forces are looking for the others," said Aseifr, who was standing alongside NTC chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil.


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