US al-Libi blitz: Italy approves Sigonella deployment

UN says Libya is owed an explanation

08 October, 18:56

    US al-Libi blitz: Italy approves Sigonella deployment US al-Libi blitz: Italy approves Sigonella deployment

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - The Italian ministry of defense has authorized the deployment of 200 American troops and several aircraft at Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily.

    The approval based on bilateral accords follows on the US capture of al-Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi on Saturday in the Libyan city of Tripoli. The blitz, which was objected to by both Libya and Amnesty International, has caused a new international security alert. ''In response to this new threat, US authorities have requested permission for the temporary deployment of military assets at the Sigonella base ahead of a possible evacuation of their fellow Americans'', the Italian defense ministry said in a note.

    Al-Libi's capture was ''a violation of basic human rights'', Amnesty International said in a communique.

    ''If he is taken to the United States, the government must not impose the death penalty''.

    Amnesty is ''concerned over American interrogation methods including prolonged isolation and sleep deprivation''.

    Libya has the right to know the circumstances of the arrest, said UN envoy Tarek Mitri. His statement followed on statements made by US Secretary of State John Kerry that the raid was legal and no explanation is owed. (ANSAmed).

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