The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed its concern over the ruling of the Criminal Chamber of the Tripoli Court of Appeal regarding the execution of 45 persons in the case known as "The highway case".

"The verdict announced on 15 August 2018 by the Criminal Circuit of the Court of Appeal of Tripoli is a cause of concern, given the 45 death sentences pronounced." the mission said in a statement on Thursday.

The statement pointed out that the UNSMIL recognizes the efforts of the Libyan judiciary to hold people accountable for the crimes committed during the 2011 revolution, especially during the armed conflict and political polarization.

However, the United Nations pointed out that it opposes the death sentence penalty, as a matter of principle.