The new “democratic” Libya failed its first test yesterday. Qadhafi had been wanted for international justice – International Criminal Court – for crimes against humanity. Accordingly, the rebels could have let the international judiciary take its course.
When captured by the rebels, and as a non-combatant, Qadhafi was a prisoner of war, and as such should have been granted the protection prescribed by international humanitarian law. Instead, he was tortured, and summarily executed without a fair trial, constituting thereby a war crime.