Gaddafi loyalists wounded in the battle for Tripoli face an uncertain future. The National Transitional Council has warned against revenge attacks as some were apparently ordinary citizens caught up in the conflict.
euronews correspondent Jamel Ezzedini visited a hospital where one man claimed people had come and told him to fight against traitors and mercenaries before giving him a weapon.
Another said that in one area of Tripoli, half of Gaddafi soldiers were recruited from prison. When asked if Gaddafi freed them, he said “Yes, and I hope he gets punished by God.”
Trying to distinguish between Gaddafi soldiers, Gaddafi hired guns and people forced to fight is difficult among these wounded but it will be a test of how the new Libya manages to mete out justice.
Jamel Ezzedini said “Nobody can guess how many mercenaries were among the Gaddafi soldiers, but we can speak about thousands. Some of them were fighting for money, most had nothing to do with any ideology. Some of them were killed and some of them fled the country. Others are in hospitals for treatment, waiting for judgement and they hope for a fair trial.”