Gaddafi Shouldn’t Have Been Killed, Says Russia FM Lavrov


Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should not have been killed as a prisoner of war, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with three Russian radio stations, including the Voice of Russia, the Radio of Russia and the Echo of Moscow, aired on Friday.

Under international law, international humanitarian rules are in force during any armed conflict, Lavrov said, referring to the ongoing armed conflict in Libya.

These rules are enshrined in the Geneva conventions, adopted in the late 1940s, Lavrov said.

These conventions say that when a participant of an armed conflict is captured, special procedures should be applied with respect to him or her, including medical aid if the participant is wounded,” Lavrov explained.

Not to mention that he or she must not be killed, Lavrov added.


VOR, or the Voice of Russia, was the Russian government's international radio broadcasting service from 1993 until 2014, when it was reorganised as Radio Sputnik.

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