Wednesday 16th August, 2017
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Gaddafi's son freed in Libya

Gaddafi's son freed in Libya

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, second son of the late deposed Libyan leader Col Muam­mar Gaddafi, has been freed from jail under an amnesty law.
His father’s preferred successor, he had been held by a militia in the town of Zintan for the past six years.
The Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion said he had been released on Friday but he has not been seen in public.
It is feared the move could fuel further in­stability in Libya.
His lawyer, Khaled al-Zaidi, confirmed he had been released.
He declined to say which city Saif al-Islam had travelled to for security reasons. A source has told the BBC he is in the Tobruk area of eastern Libya.
The Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion said it was acting on a request from the “interim government” based in the east of the country.
However, he has been sentenced to death in absentia by a court in Tripoli, in the west of the country, where control is in the hands of the rival, UN-backed Government of Na­tional Accord.
Saif al-Islam is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humani­ty during his father’s unsuccessful attempts to put down the rebellion against his rule.
The Zintan Military Council - which had previously been involved in his detention - and Zintan’s municipal council have con­demned his release by the Abu Bakr al-Sid­diq Battalion.
 

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