Reason #501 why Nigerians shouldn't go to Libya

 Ten Nigerians including eight others from Chad and Egypt were reportedly executed by firing-squad by the Libyan government last Sunday. Already, Amnesty International (AI) has condemned the reported execution. Daily Champion gathered that Cerene, a newspaper closely affiliated with Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, reported that the 18 were executed after being convicted of premeditated murder.

In the case of Libya, we fear that death sentences are handed down after proceedings which fail to satisfy international standards for fair trial."
Fourteen people were executed in the capital, Tripoli, Cerene reported, while the four other executions were carried out in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city. Though their identities have not been made public by the Libyan authorities, Daily Champion, however gathered that majority of the victims were Nigerians.
More than 200 people are currently on death row in Libya, the Cerene report said. They include a large number of foreign nationals against whom the death penalty appears to be used disproportionately. They are often not provided with interpretation or translation assistance during legal proceedings, which are conducted in Arabic, or access to their own government's consular representatives.
In cases of qisas (retribution for murder) and diya (financial compensation or blood money), the murder victim's next-of-kin may agree to pardon the person convicted and under sentence of death in return for financial compensation.

To date, the Libyan government has resisted moves towards the abolition of the death penalty. In December 2007 and 2008, Libya was among the minority of states that voted against successful United Nations General Assembly resolutions calling for a worldwide moratorium on executions.

"The Libyan authorities must declare a moratorium on executions and join the international trend towards abolition of the death penalty," said Malcolm Smart of the Amnesty International.
"They should also commute the sentences of all those on death row. Last Sunday's dreadful events should not be repeated. The authorities should reveal the identities of the 18 people who were executed and vow to desist from further executions."

Amnesty International urged Libya to ensure that the most rigorous internationally-recognized standards for fair trial are respected, particularly in death penalty cases.
"It is unconscionable that people may still be sentenced to death and executed in Libya after trials which fail to meet the highest international standards," Smart said.

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