Monday 18 December 2017

Gaddafi's son faces Tripoli trial

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is due to face an 'indictment chamber' in Tripoli over charges of murder and other crimes
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is due to face an 'indictment chamber' in Tripoli over charges of murder and other crimes

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the only son of the former dictator in custody in Libya, will be moved to Tripoli to join 37 former regime members in a pre-trial session over charges of murder and crimes committed during 2011 civil war.

Prosecutor general Abdel-Qader Radwan told reporters that Gaddafi's son will be facing an "indictment chamber" on Thursday at Tripoli Criminal Court with former spy chief Abdullah al-Senoussi and other defendants. He said the hearing will not be open to the public.

Amnesty International has urged authorities to "immediately hand" Gaddafi's son and al-Senoussi to the International Criminal Court where they are wanted on charges of crimes against humanity.

Amnesty official Hassiba Hadj Sahrahoui said that a trial in Libya "today will not serve justice".

Press Association

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