Saturday, October 22, 2011
GADDAFI LYNCHED, DENIED HIS HUMAN RIGHTS TO A FAIR TRIAL?
Icheoku says that he denied others their human rights is not a reason why he should be so brutally murdered, by an over-excited Libyan mob, without first processing him through the law. He was a dictator and a brutal one for that matter but so what if he was, but no one and not a head of state deserves to be killed in this manner. He was a head of state for crying out loud and like Saddam Hussein, should have at least been accorded the seeming dignity of passing through the judicial process; which eventually would still have killed him anyway. But they are a mob that captured him and lynched him; and mobs are not known to be rational people. In the words of one Libyan, "If he lived and was killed a thousand times, that would still only be a trifle."
Icheoku says today the man who held the desert country of Libya hostage for more than forty-two years had gone to the great beyond with so many secrets which the world may never know again, the opportunity through a trial having been lost with his extra-judicial murder by lynching in the streets of Sirte. A NATO aided and abetted rowdy Libyan mob denied the world and the people of Libya, a forensic sifting and mining of Moummar Gaddafi's inner recesses to harness the treasure-trove acquired over so many decades in power. Icheoku says by rascally lynching their captured prisoner and a former head of state before he could have his day in court, this Libyan mob have lost their credibility and cannot uphold the rule of law.
What a brutal and inhuman way for anyone particularly a former head of state to die. But where is the outrage, outcry or condemnation by world leaders of this lack of due process in the manner the former head of state of Libya was put to death by vigilantism? That he was Gaddafi and was hated by many is not reason enough to so barbarically lynch him without recourse to his human rights to fair hearing, and an opportunity to defend charges brought against him. If in the end he is condemned to death, then the law can proceed on its course to levying execution of the condemned but not any other way. This would have also shown Moummar Gaddafi how he ought to have treated the Libyan people while in the saddle of power. Icheoku maintains that no one, including even the most brutal of all dictators that have walked this earth deserves as an end as horrific and barbaric as was witnessed in the streets of Sirte Libya. Icheoku condemns the undignified manner the Libyan mob ended the life of their former dictatorial head of state, Moummar Gaddafi as both callous and inhumane as well as being out of touch with decent civilized behavior.
It is not just about Gaddafi, but the entire humanity, that what went down in Sirte offended - everyone should and ought to be treated with some dignity in the manner they make their final exit from this earth. Oh Libya, what art thou done to your image? The lynching in Sirte of Moummar Gaddafi was purely a savagery revenge and not the justice which his judicial trial would have handed him, guided by Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The said article provides as follows:- "Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.". Icheoku further opines that the said Article 10 use of the word "Everyone" is very significant since it never intended to and did not exclude with a proviso or an exclusion clause, dictators or other scoundrels of this world, making Moummar Gaddafi a protected person whom the said article equally avails.
It is insanely disturbing that a group of men outside Africa should seat and decide the fate of one African leader, admitted he was not the most popular person, and choreographed his demise in this extra-judicial manner? Where else would it happen and after Gaddafi who? Who knows for whom the bell tolls next? Icheoku says investigation into Gaddafi's murder is a waste of time as what needs to be investigated is the selective "dispensation of justice and protection of civilians" ruse and mantra of those holier than thou countries of power. Why is what is good for Libyan civilians not good for Iranian civilians or Yemeni civilians or Syrian civilians; and the same world watched hopelessly for example as Omar Bashir slaughtered Darfur people (civilians) using the Janjaweed but was told it was Sudan's internal affairs? It is just the lopsidedness of these interventions that roils people up and not the merit of kicking the ass of one petty dictator in a state of stupor. Icheoku therefore calls on the world through the United Nations to please enact a uniform operating standard procedure for intervention in the affairs of countries of the world. If that is the only good thing to come out of Gaddafi's extra-judicial murder by vigilantism lynching, then all was not lost; otherwise what a sad day for humanity that a president of a country was left to die such a horrific death and in the streets like a stray dog or a road-kill.