A number of Libyan civil society organizations called Wednesday for demonstrations and protests in various cities of the country, in protest against the government of Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh’s extradition of the Libyan citizen Abu Agila Masud to the United States.
Civil society organizations stated that “Dbeibeh in Tripoli is ready to do anything to stay in power, even in return for handing over half of the Libyan people.”
The organizations also said that “the Lockerbie case was completely closed and settled under the Gaddafi regime, and that reopening it will cost Libya a lot,” stressing that “Western countries will not respect Libya and its sovereignty and will not stop stealing its resources as long as there is a traitorous government in power.”
Abu Agila Masud, a Libyan intelligence official, will face federal charges in Washington over alleged involvement in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, the U.S. Justice Department said Sunday.
This comes after Scottish authorities announced Sunday that Masud had arrived in U.S. custody.
Last month it was reported that Masud had been kidnapped by a militia group in Libya, leading to speculation that he was going to be handed over to the American authorities to stand trial.