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Baghdadi Mohmoudi Faces Torture and Death in Libya

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Mahmoudi stands ready to defend himself if given a chance outside Libya in a fair tribunal. NTC policy doesn't tolerate fairness.

Its tribunals assure convictions. Mahmoudi "categorically den(ies) all allegations of (his) participation or the participation of others in the commission of crimes against humanity or war crimes, corruption, and any other crimes allegedly committed in Libya or elsewhere."

In today's Libya, innocence is no legitimate defense. Police states don't allow it. Washington-directed ones assure disposing of Mahmoudi by any means, including killing him.

Earlier he began hunger striking. Last March, Mathaba headlined "Libyan General Secretary Near Death in Second Week of Hunger Strike," saying:

On March 8, his lawyer, Bachir Essid, "warned that (Mahmoudi's) health ha(d) deteriorated after he entered the second week of his hunger strike." 

At the time, he was "close to dying." He was denied proper medical care. The current Tunisian government appears no better than the previous one it replaced.

Another Mahmoudi lawyer, Mehdi Bouawaja, said he was shocked to see his client's condition. At the time, he hadn't seen him in days, but when visited he discovered his precarious condition. He suffers from diabetes and other illnesses. 

Attorney Mabrouk Korshid also is trying to help. He said no legal justification exists to hold Mahmoudi. He's "being held hostage," he explained.

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Bouawaja commented on the deal made to extradite him, saying:

"I suspect (he's been) sold to the (NTC)."

Attorneys appealed his extradition. A Tunisian court cleared him of all charges. Yet he remains in prison at age 70 in poor health. The appeal also included grounds of likely torture and death if sent back. As a result, he applied for refugee status. International law mandates his right to get it. Tunisia refuses.

NTC puppets spuriously charged Mahmoudi with offenses he didn't commit, including rape.

On May 30, Mathaba headlined "New World Order: Imprison, Torture Democrats," saying:

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Thuggish puppet officials beholden to Washington serve as Libya's interim government. They mock Jamahiriya justice. They enforce police state harshness. Anyone in their custody faces torture, imprisonment, and/or death.

Earlier, Mahmoudi nearly died after days of hunger striking. Nonetheless, he risked it to highlight the injustice he faces. He remains frail and ill.

"Dr Baghdadi is very well known, an academic and gentle soul, yet he has been held incommunicado since Tunisian authorities arrested him on charges of 'entering the country illegally' which were shown to be false by (his) lawyers, after which he should have been released or allowed to travel to another country for safety."

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