Libya’s top religious cleric has mourned the death of Misrata mayor Mohammed Eshtawi and extended his condolences to his family and all Misrata people.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Al-Sadiq Al-Gharyani called in his weekly program on Tanasuh TV on Wednesday all Libyan people to stand firm against the criminals in order to deter them and stop the abduction and extrajudicial killings in the country.

“The perpetrator is not necessarily a rival for the victim. Some crimes are committed to mix the scene and spread chaos and instability.” He said.

He indicated that the Fatwa House had called for formation of a tribunal to look into the cases of kidnapping, killing and banditry, but state officials did not take it seriously.

Misrata mayor Eshtawi was abducted and then assassinated on Sunday, December 17, by unidentified gunmen shortly after his arrival at the city’s airport from Turkey.

Misrata Municipal Council selected Mustafa Karwad as a successor to Eshtawi.