The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BENGHAZI – Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Committee of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) condemned in the strongest terms that the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) hired foreign pilots and used them as mercenaries to bomb civilians in Libyan cities and payed their wages from the Libyan people’s public pudget.
The Committee referred in a statement to the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries adopted by the United Nations in 1989, the African Union Convention on the Elimination of Mercenarism in Africa and the rules of international humanitarian law on the legal status of mercenaries.
The committee confirmed that the pilot, “Jimmy Reyes” Portuguese nationality, according to preliminary investigations, in accordance with international conventions is not a prisoner of war and thus does not enjoy any legal protection under international law for prisoners of war.
The statement said that the pilot will be tried before the Libyan judiciary and in accordance with Libya’s Penal Code No. 4 regarding crimes committed on Libyan territory. The committee will work on allowing UN investigators to review the investigation results in order to uncover the circumstances of this criminal incident and the networks responsible for recruiting mercenaries and bringing the elements involved in it locally and internationally to appear before the Libyan judiciary.
The statement confirmed that the officials of GNA will be prosecuted for the use of foreign mercenaries and violation of the sanctity and sovereignty of Libyan territory, which rises to the rank of treason.
The Committee called on the Security Council and the international community to condemn the crime of bringing the mercenary pilot by the armed groups that follow GNA and consider it a war crime against the Libyan civilians.
HoR Committee called on the international community to lift the international legitimacy of GNA, which showed the magnitude of its crimes against the Libyan people reaching the use of mercenaries to kill their people by aerial bombardment.