A Libyan Arrest Warrant for Chadian and Sudanese Rebels

In early January, the Libyan Attorney General’s office issued arrest warrants for twenty-one Chadian rebels, eight Sudanese rebels, and six Libyan nationals in connection with attacks in eastern and southern Libya. The full list of Chadian and Sudanese names is available here (Arabic) while the Libyan names are available here (also Arabic). The warrants have widely been depicted as an anti-Qatar move, and in fact it’s challenging to find straightforward reporting on the list. This is a decent English-language explainer, though.

In terms of the Libyan names, they include some very prominent figures, such as Abdelhakim Belhadj and Ibrahim al-Jadran. One figure I was unfamiliar with before this is Abu ‘Ubayda al-Zawi/Shaaban Hadia, whom you can read about here and here. The others are Ali al-Huni, Mukhtar Rakhis, and Hamdan Ahmad (my transliterations). Belhadj has already denounced the warrant against him as a political stunt.

On the Chadian side, figures such as Mahamat Mahdi Ali, leader of the Front pour l’alternance et la concorde au Tchad (Front for Regime Change and Harmony in Chad, FACT)*, have also protested the warrants. Ali said that his organization is uninvolved in Libya’s problems and does not act as mercenaries.

Here are the names of the Chadians, although my transliterations may not completely line up with how these names are rendered in the Anglophone and Francophone media:

  • Ali Ahmad Abd Allah
  • Hamid Juru Mariqi
  • Muhammad Musa Adam
  • Muhammad Ahmad Nasr
  • Adam Husayn
  • Muhammad Abd Allah Ahmad
  • Umar Abkar Tijani
  • Bashara Hajar Ayibu
  • Muhammad al-Mahdi Ali (Mahamat Mahdi Ali)
  • Abu Bakr Tuli
  • Al-Ashi Warduqu
  • Barki Yusuf
  • Timani Erdimi
  • Hammad Hasan Abd al-Rahim (name appears twice)
  • Musa al-Hajj Azraq (name appears twice)
  • Muhammad Nuri
  • Muhammad Hasan Balmay
  • Mas’ud Jiddi
  • Kanqabi Tabul
  • Muhammad Hakimi
  • Musa Muhammad Zayn

And the Sudanese:

  • Hasan Musa Kali
  • Jabir Abu Bakr
  • Arkumi Minawi
  • Abd al-Karim Shuli
  • Abd Allah Janah
  • Uthman al-Quni
  • Musa Hilal
  • Ali Umar Takadim
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