Add comment January 2nd, 2014 Headsman
On this date in 1997, Libya announced the executions of six military officers and two civilians as “agent-spies who sold their honor, dignity and homeland to their enemies and supplied agents of foreign governments with information relating to the country’s defense secrets.” They had been convicted just the day before.
The unnamed banned organization to which they were accused of passing state secrets was the exiled National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an opposition group which, after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi, reconstituted itself as the National Front Party and presently holds seats in the Libyan Congress.
At the time of the executions, the National Front claimed that their real offense was a failed 1993 revolt.
Col. Miftah Qarrum al-Wirfalli
Major Ramadhan al-’Ayhuri
Major Khalil Salam Mohammad al-Jidiq
Col. Mostafa Abu al-Qassim Mas’ud al-Kikli
Lt-Col. Sa’ad Saleh Farag
Major Mostafa Ihbayl al-Firjani
Dr Sa’ad Misbah al-‘Amin al-Zubaydi
Sulayman Ghayth Miftah
Also on this date
- 1863: William Ockold, the last hanged at Worcester
- 1477: Gerolamo Olgiati, ducal assassin
- 1946: Franz Strasser
- 10 executions that defined the 1990s
- 1916: Sergeant John Robins, before evacuating Gallipoli
- 1981: Cipriano, Eugenio, and Ventura García-Marín Thompson
- 1645: John Hotham the Younger
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