The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – The Libyan National Army (LNA) revealed that the Portuguese mercenary pilot, which LNA forces arrested earlier today, was paid thousands of dollars per airstrike along with other mercenaries.
29-year-old Jimmy Reiss was captured by LNA forces after his Mirage F1 warplane was shot down by LNA at at Al-Hira area, south of Tripoli.
According to a statement by LNA’s Al-Karama Operations Room, Reiss had carried out several airstrikes which resulted in the killing of civilians, many of whom were women and children.
In a video released after his arrest, Reiss said that he was “requested to destroy roads and bridges”. When asked who made such request to him, Reiss said he was contracted by a man named “Al-Hadi”, adding that he doesn’t know this man’s last name.
Spokesman of the General Command of the LNA, General Brigadier Ahmed al-Mesmari, had confirmed in mid April the presence of foreign soldiers and mercenaries fighting alongside militias of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).
Al-Karama Operations Room said that events confirm, day after day, the credibility of LNA in the fight against the Muslim Brotherhood and its allied militias which work under the coverage of GNA.
Al-Karama Operations Room said that the mercenary pilot, who is in its custody, is currently under investigation. Al-Karama Operations Room stressed that this pilot represent only himself and not his country, adding that he was treated “in accordance with Islamic values”.
“Despite his aggression and his bombing of innocent people; yet we, as a legitimate, disciplined and organized military institution, treated him in accordance with Islamic values upon his capture. We treated his wounds and he is currently under investigation in accordance with the international law”.