The criminal trials involving almost 500 defendants charged with human trafficking are still ongoing in Tripoli. Some new defence attorneys are reportedly involved in the case and have complained that the prosecutor’s office is relying on reports provided by Italian authorities and on reports on the topic of illegal immigration which were prepared for distribution to the media. Some defence lawyers have said that the criminal charges are motivated by media and political pressure brought against the Libyan government. Defence lawyers have also reportedly asserted that the special State Security Court trying the cases does not have jurisdiction over charges relating to illegal immigration.
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