Saif al-Islam appears before Libya court

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    Saif al-Islam appears before Libya court

    Muammar Gaddafi's son appears before Tripoli court via videolink from Zintan on charges of corruption and war crimes.

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Muammar Gaddafi's son appears before Tripoli court via videolink from Zintan on charges of corruption and war crimes.



 

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son ofMuammar Gaddafi,thelate Libyan leader, has appeared via videolink at a court in Tripoli, the capital.

Saif al-Islam, who faces charges of corruption and committing war crimes, was told on Sunday by the judge presiding over the case to prepare lawyers for his defence.

Thedefence team demanded access to all the evidence againstSaif al-Islam and his fellow defendants.

The case is one of the biggest in Libya's history with more than 200 witnesses and more than 40,000 pages of evidence.

Saif al-Islamis being heldin a prison cell in the town of Zintan, 170km southwest of Tripoli.

The former rebel groups holdinghim haverefused to hand him over to the central government in Tripoli.

Al Jazeera's Omar Al-Saleh, reporting from Tripoli, said the groups think the central government in Tripoliis weak and would not be able to protectSaif al-Islam from Western intelligence agencies, who they say he has incriminating evidence against.

Saif al-Islam was captured in Zintan in November, 2011,as he was fleeing to neighbouring Niger after rebel forces took Tripoli.

His brother, Saadi, was extradited from Niger in March, after he fled Libya following the collapse of the Gaddafi-government.


Source: Al Jazeera


 


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