Libyan Warlord Praised by Trump is Sued in U.S. for Alleged Rights Abuses, War Crimes

7/10/2019

Four Libyan families are suing rebel leader Khalifa Haftar for alleged war crimes in federal court, accusing the U.S. citizen and renegade general of carrying out an indiscriminate bombing campaign in their home country that has claimed the lives of civilians.

The Libyan families filed their case in U.S. district court in Virginia on Wednesday, citing the deaths of their loved ones in alleged mortar, missile and bombing raids on the outskirts of Tripoli, according to court documents obtained by NBC News.

The lawsuit demands $100 million in punitive damages and $25 million in compensation for the suffering and trauma caused by the attacks. Haftar, who is fighting to topple the Tripoli-based Libyan government recognized by the United Nations, "carried out his actions in a malicious, outrageous and willful manner without any regard for human life," the lawsuit states.

Human rights groups have accused Haftar and his militia of indiscriminately bombing and shelling civilian targets, particularly in an offensive on Tripoli launched in April.

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