(Photo: Facebook/قــــــــوةْ الــرَدعْ الْخَـــاصـــةْ)
The Libya Herald is reporting that twelve alleged homosexuals were recently abducted from a private party in Tripoli, and are now being threatened with torture and execution.
The Libya Herald explains:
A body calling itself the ‘Private Deterrent Force’, which is believed to be part of the extremist Nawasi militia group, has posted images of the men on their Facebook page. One picture (above) shows them, heads covered, standing with their hands against a wall.
At the time of writing, the picture had received 315 ‘likes’ and had received comments such as “flog them hard”, “lets see the bullets”, and “ride them like camels”.
Accompanying text describes the men as “the third sex” and says that they are to be mutilated and executed.
The posting has also attracted comment from Human Rights Watch Libya, which has asked for the men to be treated humanely and handed over to the civil authorities...
The Nawasi brigade has previously been linked to the desecration of Sufi shrines in Tripoli and claims to be under the authority of the Ministry of Interior. [Emphasis added]
As news has reached international media the comments have become more divided. Many are asking for the alleged homosexuals to be released, but one commenter wrote: "We should use them for target practice or for clearing mine fields."
In 2011 the United States participated in an invasion of Libya to overthrow then-ruler Muammar Qaddafi.