The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says it is ‘deeply disturbed’ by the verdicts and sentences on Gadhafi’s case, asserting that the trial failed to meet international standards for fair trials:
Among the key shortcomings are the failure to establish individual criminal responsibility in relation to specific crimes. There were also serious issues relating to access to lawyers, claims of ill-treatment, and trials conducted in absentia. It is crucial to ensure accountability for serious human rights violations. However this needs to be done with scrupulous adherence to international fair trial standards and with full respect for the rights of the defendants. Failing this, injustice is only compounded.