Abu-Bakr Yunis Jabr Politician
Major General Abu-Bakr Yunis Jabr (Arabic: أبو بكر يونس جابر ; 1942 – 20 October 2011) was the Libyan Minister of Defence under the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. His official position was Secretary of the Libyan General Interim Committee for Defence. There is disagreement about the year of Jabr's birth. According to the UN he was born in 1952 in Jalu, Libya. The German newspaper the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung gives the much earlier date of 1940. Educated at the Military Academy in Benghazi, Jabr shared classes with the young Muammar Gaddafi. Later they both belonged to the Free Officers Movement which on 1 September 1969 removed King Idris from power in a bloodless coup and brought Gaddafi to power. Jabr has been head of the Libyan Army since the 1970s and was one of the original members of the 12 army officials of the Revolutionary Command Council led by Gaddafi. He was reported to be under arrest and in prison for not obeying orders to kill protesters. It was reported on 7 June that Abu-Bakr Yunis Jabr was executed by Gaddafi for refusing to carry out orders to kill protesters.