On May 23, AI petitioned again . Its Secretary-General, Salil Shetty, wrote Tunisia's President, Moncef Marzouki. He urged him to block sending him back, saying:
"Amnesty International takes note of the statement made on May 23 by the Presidency of the Republic's spokesman that Baghdadi Mahmoudi will not be extradited to Libya if his life is in danger and that he will not be guaranteed a fair trial."
"As you may be aware, Baghdadi Mahmoudi started a hunger strike three days ago to protest against his extradition, following statement by Tunisian Justice Minister Noureddine Bhiri asserting that the extradition of Mahmoudi may happen in a matter of days or weeks."
He warned that "as a member of Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi's government, Mahmoudi faces a real risk of serious human rights violation if forcibly returned to Libya, including arbitrary arrest, torture and other ill-treatment, unfair trial and extrajudicial execution."
Under NTC authority, AI documented systematic torture, ill-treatment, and at least 20 deaths in custody.- Advertisement -
"On the basis of this information and on the ongoing patterns of human rights abuses in Libya," said Shetty, (AI) strongly believes that (Mahmoudi) should not be forcibly returned to Libya for the present time."
In late May, Tunisia's justice minister, Noureddine Bouheiri, said extradition could happen in "days or weeks. The government decided to hand over Mahmoudi and all that remains is the completion of some organizational issues."
Part of the deal involves Libya extending Tunisia a large loan. In other words, at the behest of Washington, Marzouki was bribed to comply. The Obama administration wants all former Jamahiriya officials eliminated.