The Corner

Libyan Dissident May Face Death Penalty

According to Human Rights Watch, Libyan dictator Mu’ammar al-Qadafi may sentence Libya’s most prominent dissident, Fathi al-Jami to death.

His crime? “Slandering Qadafi.”

Officials and professors at Columbia University, who were was recently “honored” to have Qadafi address a conference and gives his deep thoughts on “Democracy in the 21st Century,”  must be so proud of themselves.

“The Libyan government is taking great pains to introduce a democratic face to the world,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director of Human Rights Watch.

“But it appears willing to execute people for criticizing its leader or talking with a foreign official, which shows how far it has to go.”

President Bush, who has spoken up for al-Jami in the past, needs to do so again — forcefully.

The HRW statement is here.

Clifford D. May — Clifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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