Putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who lived in the U.S. for an extended time, did now not exhibit up for a deposition as section of a federal lawsuit accusing him of war crimes in Libya.
Haftar had been scheduled to appear for seven hours in a prolonged-sought video deposition the build he would be requested about his position in alleged extrajudicial killing and torture of Libyan civilians in the country’s decade-prolonged civil war.
He’s a defendant in three separate civil proceedings in U.S. District Court docket in Alexandria. Haftar tried unsuccessfully to enjoy the proceedings tossed out, claiming immunity as head of voice. Then, on the eve of his deposition closing yr, U.S. District Contemplate Leonie Brinkema set the proceedings on stay, announcing she desired to attain tremendous they were now not being veteran to intervene with scheduled elections in the country.
Earlier this yr, Brinkema reinstated the proceedings after the elections were indefinitely delayed.
Haftar’s failure to appear Monday was confirmed by Esam Omeish with the Libyan American Alliance, which supports one community of plaintiffs, moreover by Price Zaid, a attorney representing but every other community of plaintiffs.
Monday was to be the day attorneys in all three conditions were to be allowed to question Haftar to safe knowledge relevant to their case. Lawyers met Friday at the federal courthouse in Alexandria to hash out the guidelines for conducting the deposition.
Over the weekend, though, Haftar talked about his knowledgeable tasks made it impossible to sit down down for a deposition and requested for a one-month lengthen, Omeish talked about.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs talked about that was unacceptable and talked about they’ll fetch out a pair of default judgment against him for failing to appear.
Once a lieutenant to Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Haftar defected to the U.S. for the length of the 1980s and spent an extended time residing in northern Virginia, the build he and his family proceed to hang intensive property, basically basically based totally on the proceedings. He’s widely believed to enjoy labored with the CIA for the length of his time in exile.
He returned to Libya to present a boost to the anti-Gadhafi forces that revolted against the dictator and killed him in 2011. Over the closing decade, he led the militia, which has managed mighty of the eastern half of the country, with give a boost to from international locations including Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
Haftar had waged a yearlong assault on Tripoli, leaving hundreds unimaginative, sooner than reaching a proper quit-fire with his western opponents in October closing yr.
The executive prosecutor of the World Criminal Court docket (ICC) reported that the failed offensive by Haftar on the capital Tripoli eager a sample of violence and the spend of mines by withdrawing forces that harmed civilians, which is a war crime when veteran indiscriminately.
A U.N.-supported government has managed the capital in Tripoli, with intensive give a boost to from Turkey. A quit-fire between the warring facets in 2020 was speculated to result in elections in December 2021, but they never took place. Negotiations to voice a brand recent election date ended closing month with out success.
Haftar’s attorney in the U.S., Jesse Binnall, didn’t instantly return an electronic mail Monday in quest of comment.