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Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam sentenced to death by Libyan court

Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam sentenced to death by Libyan court.¬†A Libyan court sentenced the son of dictator Muammar Gaddafi Saif al-Islam killed and eight others to death for crimes during the 2011 uprising.¬†Former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and Gaddafi last prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi also among those sentenced to death.¬†The ruling Al-Islam was rendered in absentia as he is detained in the southwestern city of Zintan by a militia opposed to the authorities in Tripoli.¬†The 37 defendants were charged with crimes including murder and complicity in inciting rape during the 2011 uprising that overthrew the dictatorship.¬†abc

Other charges brought before the court of Tripoli also included kidnapping, looting, sabotage and embezzlement of public funds.¬†The Human Rights Office of the United Nations said it was “deeply concerned” by the verdicts and sentences.¬†The trial, which opened in the Libyan capital, in April last year, has been dogged by criticism from human rights groups, as well as an unresolved dispute with the¬†International Criminal Court in The Hague on jurisdiction in the case Al-Islam.¬†The militia holding Al-Islam is loyal to the internationally recognized government, which fled this remote last August when an alliance of rival militias seized the¬†capital and established his own administration.

Only appearances of Al-Islam have been in court by video and has been none since May last year.¬†Most defendants are held in the capital, but some remain in Libya’s third city Misrata, which is loyal to the authorities in Tripoli.¬†The Security Council of the United Nations referred to the conflict in Libya to the ICC in February 2011 amid Gaddafi repression of the popular uprising against his¬†regime decades at the height of the Arab Spring.¬†Al-Islam is wanted by the court based in The Hague, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.¬†ICC Prosecutors say that as part of the “inner circle” of his father, who “conceived and orchestrated a plan to deter and quell, by all means, the civilian
demonstrations against the Gaddafi regime.”¬†Human rights groups have expressed concern about the trial, criticizing the fact that the defendants have had limited access to lawyers and access key documents.

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