Wednesday 20 November 2019

Gaddafi son faces trial in Libya

PROSECUTORS in Libya announced yesterday that the son of the late dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi will go on trial next month in the town of Zintan, fuelling fears that violence will escalate in the country over the coming months.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi (40), held in Zintan since being captured in November last year, had asked to be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. But Libyan prosecuters have confirmed he will face charges -- outlined in April as financial corruption, murder and rape -- in Libya.

According to analysts, it is likely Mr Gaddafi -- considered to be Colonel Gaddafi's heir apparent during the uprising against his late father last year -- will be found guilty and executed by hanging.

The defence team assigned to Mr Gaddafi at the ICC have claimed it is almost impossible for him to receive a fair trial in his home country. The decision is likely to fuel violence within Libya, as staunch Gaddafi loyalists have warned they will take revenge if Mr Gaddafi is harmed.

Irish Independent

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