Date
30 March 2017
Seif al-Islam Gaddafi is shown on a plane in this 2011 file picture. He was convicted in absentia by a Libyan court which sentenced him to death by firing squad. Photo: Reuters
Seif al-Islam Gaddafi is shown on a plane in this 2011 file picture. He was convicted in absentia by a Libyan court which sentenced him to death by firing squad. Photo: Reuters

Gaddafi son sentenced to death by firing squad

A Libyan court has sentenced the son of former strongman Muammar Gaddafi to death by firing squad for war crimes during the 2011 revolution.

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi and eight former high-ranking regime members wre convicted after controversy about whether the defendants could be be given a fair trial, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

The case was tried amid a political struggle between rebel factions that took over after the elder Gadaffi’s capture, crippling the country’s institutions.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) had indicted Gadaffi, two of his sons including Seif al-Islam and his top security official on war crimes charges.

But in the wake of the revolution, Libyan officials leading the country’s political transition refused to hand over the suspects, saying they were capable of trying them in domestic courts.

The lawyer for Seif al-Islam appointed by the ICC decried what he called a “travesty of justice”.

John Jones, who hasn’t had any access to his client in Libya, repeated his calls for Libya to obey the ICC order to hand his client over to that court to ensure a fair trial.

Seif al-Islam is being held in a separate part of the country and testified only by videotape at the trial in Tripoli.

Prosecutors tried 37 former regime officials simultaneously.

Tuesday’s verdict convicted 32 defendants, sentencing nine of them to death and 23 to prison terms ranging from five years to life imprisonment.

The court acquitted four defendants and referred another to a medical institution.

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