Omar El-Hariri, Libyan general died in a road accident

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Omar Mokhtar El-Hariri died on November 2, 2015 in a road accident.

He was a leading figure of the National Transitional Council of Libya who served as the Minister of Military Affairs in 2011, during the Libyan Civil War.

Omar controlled the National Liberation Army and the Free Libyan Air Force from March to May 2011.

Though he no longer serves on the council Executive Board after being replaced by Jalal al-Digheily, he still heads Military Affairs in the unicameral National Transitional Council legislature.

Omar was involved in the initial 1969 coup against the monarchy that began Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule of Libya.

He organised a plot to overthrow Gaddafi in 1975.

When the coup was uncovered, 300 men were arrested, four of whom died during interrogation.

Of the remainder, 21 were sentenced to death, including Omar.

Omar was imprisoned for 15 years from 1975 to 1990 under a death sentence, with four and a half years in solitary confinement.

Gaddafi commuted the sentence in 1990 and Omar was subsequently placed under house arrest until the Libyan civil war broke out in 2011.

After breaking free of his detention, Omar eventually became the political head of the National Transitional Council’s armed forces.

Omar El-Hariri passed away in November 2015.

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