Baghdadi Mahmoudi Faces Torture and Death in Libya
He's falsely accused of offenses he didn't commit.
by Stephen Lendman
Mahmoudi is a physician. He also served as Deputy Prime Minister before becoming Prime Minister and General Secretary of the General People's Congress of the Libyan Jamahiriya. He assumed that post in March 2006.
Mathaba explained that he wasn't Gaddafi's prime minister. He served as "legally elected head of the people's power in Libya, the People's Congresses, which Gaddafi as the leader of the revolution as an individual often held very different views from, but ultimately was the decision-maker for the people themselves."
Mahmoudi also held other posts.
They included High Council for Oil & Gas and Libyan Investment Authority head, General People's Committee for Production Affairs Secretary-General, Minister of Health and Social Security, Minister of Human Resources Affairs, and Minister for Infrastructure, Urban Planning and Environment Affairs.
As deputy Secretary-General of Libya's General People's Committee for Production Affairs, he oversaw two large infrastructure projects.
One was Libya's Great Man-Made River. It was an extraordinary effort to develop the world's largest fossil water system for all Libyans. It's an ocean beneath Libya's desert.
At 2007 consumption rates, it has enough water to last 1,000 years. Gaddafi called it the "Eighth Wonder of the World."
He wanted it developed to provide all Libyans with free fresh water for human consumption, irrigation and other needs. When fully operational, he hoped to make the desert green as Libya's flag.
Imagine what occupiers plan for it now. Gaddafi's dream died with him. Mahmoudi's now threatened.
In August 2011, he fled to Tunisia for his safety. In September, Tunisian border police arrested him. Charged with illegally entering the country, he was sentenced to six months in prison.
At the time, the judgment was overturned. However, Tunisian authorities held him pending Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) extradition request.
On November 8, 2011, The New York Times headlined "Qaddafi's Ex-Prime Minister Ordered Extradited to Libya," saying:
A Tunisian appeals court approved extraditing him. A precise date wasn't set. The ruling came despite human rights groups and other governments voicing concerns for his safety.