Gaddafi's son to stand trial next month

# 28 August 2013 08:10 (UTC +04:00)

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Abdullah al-Senoussi and 26 other regime members will be tried on various charges ranging from murder, forming armed groups in violation of the law, inciting rape and kidnappings during Gaddafi's 42-year rule and the eight-month civil war that deposed him.

The prosecutor Abdel-Qader Radwan said more than 280 arrest warrants had been issued for others wanted on similar charges.

Radwan's aide, al-Seddik al-Sur, said Senoussi, the former intelligence chief, had confessed to collaborating on producing car bombs in the city of Benghazi, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising. He said the defendants "were not subject to any form of pressure to extract confessions".

The international criminal court charged Saif al-Islam with murder and persecution of civilians during the early days of the uprising. If convicted by that court, he would have faced a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, because it does not have the death penalty. This summer the court's judges ruled that Libya could not give him a fair trial and asked authorities to hand him over to The Hague.

Nonetheless, Gaddafi's son remains held by a militia group that captured him in the western mountain town of Zintan as he was fleeing to neighbouring Niger after rebel forces took Libya's capital.

The rest of Saif al-Islam's family, including his mother, sister, two brothers and others, were granted asylum in Oman in 2012, moving there from Algeria where they found refuge during the civil war.

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