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Were the cluster munitions found in Misrata exported from Spain to Libya?

Analysis of official Spanish government documents indicates Spanish company Instalaza may not have exported the MAT-120 cluster weapon to Libya in 2007/08. In the 2008 report, Libya is listed as a recipient of category 4 munitions (which include bombs) – this is the source of the reports that Libya was provided with the MAT-120 by […]

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Barclays bank implicated in the use of cluster munitions in Misrata

Barclays Bank is implicated in the use of cluster munitions in Misrata. Analysis of the accounts of Instalaza, the manufacturer of the cluster munitions used in Misrata, by Profundo shows that Barclays Bank has been a major funder of the Spanish arms manufacturer. In 2007, Instalaza generated annual revenues of € 14.9 million, resulting in […]

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Bankers implicated in cluster bombing of Misrata

Banking institutions have been implicated in the use of cluster munitions in Misrata. Deutsche Bank granted Spanish company Instalaza, the cluster bomb manufacturer, a loan of about €3.1 million according to information from non-governmental organisation Urgewald, as reported in the weekly Die Zeit on Wednesday. More than 100 countries signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions […]

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Luis Moreno-Ocampo to investigate war crimes committed by different parties

Will US and Qatari war crimes be investigated by the ICC? As far as the HRI investigation into the cluster bombing of Misrata is concerned the crucial passage in today’s statement seeking arrest warrants for Muammar Abu Minya Gaddafi, Saif Al Islam Gaddafi and the Head of the Intelligence Abdullah Al Sanousi is: The Office […]

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Did Qatar attack Misrata?

Did Qatar bomb Misrata? – the dangers in allying with an Arab dictatorship. There have been a number of breaks in our ongoing investigation into the cluster bombing of Misrata over the last few days. We now have a lot more information about the disposition of forces on the relevant days (mid-April) and a new […]

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Does Libya really possess cluster munitions?

UPDATE: 1 June 2011 – See later articles for updates UPDATE: 23 July 2011 – We’re still waiting for the Spanish government to produce the cluster bomb licenses, proof of export and end-user certificates. More here and here   More on the evidence Libya possessed cluster munitions: HRI has located the original source of the Spanish media reports […]

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NATO blame Gaddhafi for cluster bombing Misrata!

Speaking on 8th of May to National Public Radio U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark Ramsay had the following to say: “We have absolutely irrefutable evidence that he [Gaddhafi] used likely mortar fire to drop cluster munitions on his own people for the express purpose of killing and injuring them.” Maj. Gen. Mark F. Ramsay […]

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The ICC has another African leader in its sights

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression (although it cannot currently exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression). It was set up in 2002. The prosecutor of the ICC is Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Luis Moreno-Ocampo told the UN Security […]

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Cluster bomb maker seeks 40 million euros from the Spanish government

Instalaza has been claiming 40 million euros, according to Spanish newspaper Cincodias in compensation for damages and lost profits after Spain decided to ban cluster bombs. The claim was put into the Spanish Executive, but the company refuses to say what the result has been. For their part, according to this newspaper report, the Spanish […]

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Amnesty International’s Flawed Report

Amnesty International have published a flawed report on human rights violations in Misratah. Of the MAT-120 the author states “Spain sold these to Libya in 2007.” Asked for evidence, one of Amnesty’s writers pointed to speculative reports in the Spanish press. The report is one-sided, with almost no mention, let alone criticism of the rebels or […]