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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Son of former dictator Colonel Gaddafi sentenced to death over war crimes

Omar Fahmy

Published 28/07/2015 | 12:14

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, attends a hearing behind bars in a courtroom in Zintan Credit: REUTERS
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, attends a hearing behind bars in a courtroom in Zintan Credit: REUTERS

A court in Libya has sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the deposed Muammar Gaddafi, to death over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution.

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The Libyan court passed a death sentence in absentia on to Colonel Gaddafi's most prominent son on Tuesday for "acts to crush peaceful protests" during the country's 2011 revolution that ended his father's rule.

The court also sentenced to death by firing squad eight other former Gaddafi regime officials including his former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and ex-prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, on the same charges, said Sadiq al-Sur, chief investigator at the Tripoli state prosecutor's office.

More than 30 close associates of Col Gaddafi were tried for suppressing peaceful protests during the uprising.

Former Gaddafi regime's officials sit behind bars during a verdict hearing at a courtroom in Tripoli Credit: REUTERS
Former Gaddafi regime's officials sit behind bars during a verdict hearing at a courtroom in Tripoli Credit: REUTERS

Eight other ex-officials received life sentences and seven were given jail terms of 12 years each, he told a news conference carried by al-Nabaa television.

Four were acquitted.

Mr al-Islam Gaddafi was not present in court and gave evidence via video link.

He is being held by a former rebel group from the town of Zintan that refuses to hand him over.

The trial began in April 2014 before fighting between rival factions in Tripoli ripped Libya apart in a power struggle which has produced two governments competing for central authority.

The sentences can be appealed and must be confirmed by Libya's highest court.

The International Criminal Court and rights groups said they were worried about the fairness and competence of Libya's judicial system, although it won the right in 2013 to try Senussi at home instead of at the ICC in The Hague.

Reuters

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