17 people have been sentenced to death by a court in Tripoli for their membership of the ISIS and taking active roles in attacks carried out by the Islamist militant, state media reported on Tuesday.The Criminal Court based in the Libyan capital also sentenced two other to life imprisonment for the same offense.
The sentences follow their conviction of 33 defendants for being part of ISIS and its campaign of violence in the northern town of Sabratha.
According to state media quoting the prosecutors, 14 people received lesser sentences in the same case of the attacks which led to the death of 53 people earlier this year.
Since Libya descended into chaos following the overthrow in an armed uprising of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, disparate armed groups including ISIS have been active in Libya.
Political rivalries between a UN-backed government based in Tripoli and another headquartered in the east city of Benghazi have not helped to deal with the threat from armed groups.
In the wake of sporadic attacks the Tripoli government has responded by staging group trials against suspected insurgents who usually receive the death sentence.
As a result of instability some of Libya’s oil production has been periodically disrupted.