Libya: Trial of Gaddafi’s Son, Saadi Adjourned To December

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One of the Sons of deposed Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, Saadi Gaddafi appeared in a Tripoli court on Sunday to face charges of murdering a football player and other crimes before the 2011 revolution that ended his father’s rule.

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Wearing a prison-issued blue uniform, Saadi, 42, sat in the dock as the presiding judge consulted with a defense lawyer. Minutes later the judge announced that he was adjourning the trial to Dec. 6. He gave no reason for the delay.

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Qaddafi’s third oldest son had sought refuge in Niger after the 2011 armed uprising that toppled his father. He is charged with the first-degree murder in 2005 of a former trainer at Tripoli’s Al-Ittihad football club and his trial opened in May.

In a related development, a Tripoli Court in July sentenced another of Gaddafi’s sons Saif al-Islam and eight other former officials to death for crimes committed during the 2011 uprising against his father, who was later killed by rebels.

The sentences have not been carried out although the men, including Gaddafi’s ex-spy chief, are in jail.

Since his capture, Saif had been held by forces in the western city of Zintan by a faction beyond central government control.

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Since Gaddafi’s demise, Libya had fallen into turmoil, with two rival governments and their allied armed factions fighting for control of the country and its oil resources.

UN talks have so far failed to end the crisis.



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