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UNSMIL expressed concern about the continued closure of Sabha Court of Appeal

Libyan Cloud News Agency – Tripoli

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has expressed great concern about the continued closure of Sabha Court of Appeal, in addition to reported threats against the judiciary.

UNSMIL explained in a statement that an armed group, allegedly affiliated to forces controlling Sabha, has violently obstructed the work of the Sabha Court of Appeal. According to reports, the judges were physically prevented from conducting their legally mandated duties, directly impeding the electoral process.  

UNSMIL said that it’s alarmed by increasing reports of intimidation and threats against judges and judicial employees, particularly those dealing with electoral-related complaints, as well as against candidates, in a number of locations in Libya.

It strongly condemned all acts aimed at jeopardizing the integrity of the electoral process, preventing Libyans from exercising their democratic rights in safety and in dignity. 

It reminded all parties involved in obstructing the justice system that they are subject to criminal responsibility under Libyan law (criminal procedure code and Law. No.1 of 2021 on Presidential Elections) and may be subject to sanctions as per relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

UNSMIL reiterated its calls to relevant parties and authorities to take all feasible measures to facilitate the work of the judicial system with full respect for their independence. It urges all relevant security authorities to ensure equal access to due process for all candidates and guarantee the safety and security of judges and judicial employees.

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