In July, a court in Tripoli ruled against more than 30 officials and personalities who had served under Col Muammar Gaddafi's government. The rulings included nine death-penalty verdicts, four acquittals and a range of other prison sentences for war crimes.
Those condemned to death by shooting squad include Col Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam and former chief of military intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi, a figure who was once feared by Libyans on an almost mythical level - arguably for good reason.
The International Criminal Court also wanted Mr Gaddafi and Mr Senussi for alleged war crimes during the 2011 revolution that ended the colonel's 42-year rule.
Successive Libyan governments insisted on prosecuting these men on home soil.
They believed they could show the world a fair trial could be conducted.
Perhaps, this was a cardinal mistake.
Transitional justice is a complicated affair often emotionally charged.
This was complicated even further in Libya because it transitioned from one war to another.
Today, Libya is not secure - for anyone.
Rana Jawad BBC