July 28, 2015

Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam to death

A Libyan court passed a death sentence in absentia on Muammar Gaddafi’s most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, on Tuesday for suppressing peaceful protests during the country’s 2011 revolution that ended his father’s rule.

© Mahmud Turkia, AFP | Saif al-Islam, the son of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, during a court hearing in the Libyan city Zintan on April 27, 2014
© Mahmud Turkia, AFP | Saif al-Islam, the son of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, during a court hearing in the Libyan city Zintan on April 27, 2014

The court also handed down in a televised session a death sentence by firing squad to Gaddafi’s former spy chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, and his former prime minister, Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi.

The verdict on Saif al-Islam was passed in absentia since he has been held since 2011 by a former rebel group in Zintan region that opposes the Tripoli government, which is not recognised by world powers.

(REUTERS)

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