Belarussian mercenaries in Libya were sentenced to 10 years in prison
13:11, — Politics
They were found guilty of assisting the army of the former dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
A military court handed stiff prison terms to 19 Ukrainians, three nationals from Belarus and two Russians accused of serving as mercenaries for ousted leader Muammar Qaddafi in Libya’s conflict last year.
One of the Russians, judged to have been the coordinator, was condemned to life imprisonment while the others were sentenced to 10 years’ hard labor.
The 24 men, who all denied the charges and insisted they were in Libya to work in its oil sector, were accused of having primed ground-to-air missile batteries to target NATO warplanes supporting the revolt against Qaddafi.
At the start of the trial in April, a military spokesman said the eastern Europeans had also backed the regime in attacks on civilians while “in the pay of Qaddafi and his brigades.”
The ambassadors of Ukraine and Belarus were in court for the verdict and said the men would appeal.
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