First Published: 2011-08-26

 

Over 550 Polisario mercenaries arrested by Libyan rebels

 

National Transitional Council transfers captured Polisario mercenaries to Benghazi, pending their trial.

 

Middle East Online

Polisario mercenaries paid the price of greed

LONDON - Over 550 Polisario mercenaries fighting for Libyan leader’s regime have been captured by the rebels, reported the online magazine geotribune.com.

Thousands of Libyan leader’s loyalist troops were arrested, including hundreds of African mercenaries and 556 mercenaries of the Polisario Front movement, which has been fighting for the independence of Western Sahara from Morocco, according to an official from the National Transitional Council (NTC).

The NTC has given strict orders to its fighters to treat prisoners of war lawfully. Mustafa Abdel Jalil, a former justice minister who chairs the NTC, called upon revolutionaries to respect the law and to let justice take its course, warning that he could quit as head of the rebel NTC if he loses control of the revolution.

Many Polisario mercenaries were arrested in the city of Zawiyah and Bab Al Aziziyah in Tripoli. They were transferred to Benghazi, pending their trial as rebels carry on their search for the remaining Polisario mercenaries located in Libya. The NTC’s decision after rebel targeted on August 22 the Algerian Embassy in Tripoli.

Rebels claimed to have found documents specifically incriminating for Algiers, revealing a massive support to the Libyan leader.

The NTC official noted that documents taken from the Algerian Embassy suggested that Polisario mercenaries were trafficked through Algeria into Libya with the knowledge and complicity of the Algerian government.

The documents indicated the Algerian government acted in support of Gathafi's regime throughout the civil war despite Algiers’ denial, according to the website.

The NTC said other Polisario mercenaries were killed in fighting or fled following the unexpectedly quick collapse of the Gathafi’s regime in Tripoli.

The deployment of Polisario mercenaries to fight alongside Gathafi loyalists has caused huge tensions between the NTC and Algeria since the beginning of the revolution. The rebel council accused Algerian officials of supporting Gathafi by sending Polisario mercenaries.

In an interview with Algerian Echorouk daily, Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, the NTC’s Vice-Chairman, said in June that he had documents proving that the Algerian military had conducted daily flights to four airports including Sabha, and Maatikia Benina.

Ghoga said that rebels identified some dead Algerian troops who were fighting alongside Gathafi troops against Libyan rebels.

In March, Ali Richi, a former Migration Minister who joined the rebels, expressed his astonishment at the Polisario mercenaries’ fight for Gathafi’s regime.

“When you read the ethics of the Polisario Front, the claim they are a liberation movement with a just cause,” Richi told El Muhajer TV.

“Now, they have been hired by Gathafi to killing Libyans who are demanding their freedom and rights. It is very surprising!” Richi added, calling on the Algerian government to stop Polisario mercenaries from flowing into Libya from Algeria.

 

Iran back to high enrichment 'in 5 days' if US quits nuclear deal

UN urges Iraq to do more for IS sex abuse victims

Taliban warns Afghanistan will become 'graveyard' for US

Two North Korean shipments to Syrian chemical weapons program intercepted

Algerian ‘bikini rebellion’ may be hype but harassment isn’t

Lebanon army says in final stage of IS border battle

Spanish town Ripoll reels from discovery of it’s young jihadists

Jordan opens first job centre in Syrian refugee camp

Outrage in Morocco over sexual assault video

Former Libyan premiere Ali Zeidan still held by kidnappers

Syria opposition talks in Riyadh end with no breakthrough

Erdogan vows to prevent Kurdish ‘terror corridor’ in Syria

Iraqi troops recapture first two districts from IS bastion

UN says thousands fleeing Tel Afar amid anti-IS offensive

Second round of Kurdish referendum talks could happen next week

Dozens killed in coalition strikes as US-backed forces advance in Raqa

German foreign minister says Erdogan backers threatened his wife

Turkey arrests former national goalkeeper for ‘coup links’

Iran in negotiations to unblock Twitter

Yemeni FM says Iran 'part of the problem' in Yemen

On the trail of Spain's attackers

Mattis in Baghdad to support Iraqi forces

Erdogan critic stunned Turkey's 'long arm' reached Spain

Spanish police shoot dead man who could be Barcelona attacker

Iraqi forces close in on last IS bastion in country’s north

Kuwait arrests 13 fugitives in Iran-linked terror case

Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrims

Erdogan says joint op with Iran against Kurds ‘on the agenda’

Barcelona attack fugitive ‘dangerous, possibly armed’ warn police

Lebanese president ratifies public sector wage rise, tax hike

Young Syrian refugees want end of war and ISIS

Lebanon army advances against IS in border battle

Spanish police say driver of Barcelona rampage van identified

Toxic politics in Italy, Libya further complicate migration problem

Russia destroys large column of IS fighters in Syria

Assad says no Syria ties for countries backing rebels

In African tour, Sisi seeks to rebuild ties, address security and water concerns

In Egypt, Syrian refugees recreate Syria

Iraqi Kurds may postpone referendum in return for concessions

Dubai real estate market sets the pace for renewed growth in the GCC

German-Turkish intellectual held at Ankara’s request

Jordan’s municipal elections marred by deaths, riots

Rouhani says top priority is protecting nuclear deal from US

Russia doubts IS claim of stabbing attack in northern city

Turkey slams 'arrogant' German reaction to Erdogan poll call