Ex-judge gunned down in Benghazi
19 August 2013, 18:04
Benghazi - A former judge, aged 79, was gunned down as he
left a mosque in the restive eastern city of Benghazi on Monday, a Libyan
security services spokesperson said.
"Fethi Lekhfifi, a former judge, was shot dead as he
came out of a mosque in Benghazi at dawn," said Colonel Abdallah
He said the elderly man was struck by bullets to the head
fired by unknown gunmen in a car, in an apparent revenge attack for his work as
"The perpetrators were people with criminal records who
had been sentenced by judge Lekhfifi," he said, noting that thousands of
inmates had been set free during Libya's 2011 revolution.
A hospital source said the ex-judge appeared to have been
shot by a sharpshooter and had died on the spot.
Cradle of the 2011 uprising that ousted long-time dictator Muammar
Gaddafi, Benghazi has been rocked by a series of killings of soldiers and
police who served under the former regime.
Libya's new authorities have struggled to re-establish order
and form a professional police force and army since Gaddafi’s overthrow, with
former rebel fighters having formed powerful militias.