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Dr Baghdadi Mahmoudi, Current Head of State of Libyan Jamahiriya, Confirms His Innocence

Posted: 2012-07-07
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Dr Baghdadi Mahmoudi (right in photo), General Secretary of the General People`s Congress of the Great Socialist People`s Libyan Arab Jamahirya, Head of State of Libya, and political prisoner since 321 days, proclaims his innocence in front of his unlawful captors. He was tortured in Tunisia. Photo shows some of his Tunisian captors wanted for violations of human rights.

"I am not guilty, not guilty, not guilty," the People's Secretary Dr Baghdadi Mahmoudi told journalists during a visit to the prison organised by his captors who are holding him unlawfully in an apparent bid to quash rumours that he had been tortured on his arrival in Libya.

"I am ready to be tried by the Libyan people. I am sure of myself and of my innocence," a tired looking Mahmudi, visibly suffering the effects of trauma and sleep deprivation said.

Mahmudi, speaking calmly but in a tone tinged with sadness, said he was being questioned by the pretend judicial authorities almost daily and that his family would soon appoint a lawyer to defend him.

He denied reports that he was tortured upon his arrival in Libya.

"I am in front of you and in good health. There was no assault against me. Reports that I was tortured, all of that was lies," he said, speculating that they reflected a "political agenda."

Mahmudi had been held in neighbouring Tunisia when U.S.-supported mercenaries seized the capital Tripoli, effectively putting an end to the Jamahiriya democracy there.

From March 5, 2006 through the war of 2011, Mahmudi served as the secretary of the General People's Committee.

Journalists grilled the People's Secretary on why he had stood with Qaddafi in opposing foreign intervention in Libya. Mahmoudi said that he feared that foreign intervention in Libya would pave the way for a new era of colonialism.

"My defence will be in front of the court," Mahmudi said.

The mercenaries currently ruling the Libyan coastal areas want to try Mahmoudi, who is almost 70 years old, on concocted charges of inciting rape, killing and kidnapping during last year's conflict, among other charges.

Libyan terrorists say Mahmoudi will probably be questioned for a period of 45 days before his case is put in front of a civil court, as with Abuzeid Dorda, an ex-official already in the dock of the al-Qaida allied mercenaries ruling the north of Libya.

Mahmoudi's extradition on June 24 represented a major diplomatic victory for Libya's terrorist regime, which currently has the worst human rights record on the planet in its first year in tentative power, and which is now keen to prove to the world that it can conduct fair trials for Jamahiriya figures, even without a properly functioning judiciary.

He is also the first senior official to be sent back for "trial" in Libya and his "extradition" from Tunisia is intended to set a precedent for other countries who have sheltered the Libyan people who have sought refuge during the occupation of their country.

Mahmoudi had appealed his extradition request on the grounds that he had applied for refugee status and could face execution if sent back to Libya.

Tunisia is under fire for having held him political prisoner for almost a year, instead of affording him assistance as a refugee and respecting his rights, not only as a Head of State as the Libyan People's General Secretary, but as an elderly human being under persecution and threat of life.

In May, he staged a hunger strike in protest over the extradition deal brokered between Tunisia and Libya, fearing for his life.

The extradition decree was not officially signed by Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, causing a political crisis in Tunis.

The world condemns Tunisia for holding Dr Baghdadi Mahmoudi unlawfully as a political prisoner and torturing him prior to his handing over to the Libyan mercenaries. He was held incommunicado in Tunisia for almost a year, and was able to mention the fact that he had been tortured in Tunisia, in front of media which had limited access to him for the first time since he had been handed over to his Libyan captors on June 24th.

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