Six Libyan families sued Libyan renegade commander Khalifa Haftar in a federal U.S. court Monday for their alleged roles in committing war crimes in Libya.
The families have asked for one billion dollars in damages for relatives who were targeted.
The plaintiffs say the lawsuit will bring to light Haftar’s human rights abuses. The attorneys said extrajudicial killings and torture were committed with impunity and no fear of accountability.
They accuse Haftar of being a war criminal and say he is a US citizen with assets and family members in the country.
Forces loyal to Haftar began a campaign last April to topple Libya’s U-N recognized government in Tripoli.
The World Health Organisation said over 1,000 people have died and about 5,500 wounded in clashes between the sides.
Libya has remained beset by turmoil since 2011, when long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in a bloody NATO-backed uprising after four decades in power.
The oil-rich country has since seen the emergence of two rival seats of power: one in eastern Libya, with which Haftar is affiliated, and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), which enjoys UN recognition.