Last updated: 22 June, 2012

Libya judge who ordered arrest of ex-army chief is killed

Libyan judge Jumaa Hassan al-Jazwi, who ordered the arrest of Moamer Kadhafi’s ex-interior minister after he defected to lead rebels last year and died in mysterious circumstances, was murdered on Thursday, his son said.

“My father was killed on his way to evening prayers in the mosque of Shaheed Ahmed Sharif,” in the eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of the revolt that toppled Kadhafi’s regime, said Ali al-Jazwi.

An official at the Benghazi Medical Centre confirmed the death, saying the corpse had been delivered with “signs of a bullet entering from his right side and exiting through the left.”

Jazwi was said to have signed the arrest order for General Abdel Fatah Yunes, who was summoned for questioning from the front line in the city of Brega last July. The general is believed to have been killed on his way to Benghazi.

Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said afterwards that Yunes was killed by an armed group on his way to questioning in Benghazi.

Yunes was part of the group that helped bring Kadhafi to power in 1969.

He defected in February 2011 to join the popular uprising that escalated into a NATO-backed rebel insurgency that led to Kadhafi’s ouster and death.