Libya: Date set for Gaddafi son's trial

2012-08-23 14:10
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi (AFP, File)

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi (AFP, File)

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Tripoli - Slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam will go on trial in September in the town of Zintan where he has been held since last November, the prosecution's spokesperson said on Thursday.

"A committee from the prosecutor general's office has completed its investigation into the crimes committed by Saif al-Islam from the start of the revolution on 15 February 2011 and has prepared the charge sheet," spokesperson Taha Nasser Baara said.

He said the charge sheet would be "approved by the prosecutor general in the coming days and a date set for the September trial opening".

The International Criminal Court in The Hague had issued a warrant for Saif's arrest on charges of crimes against humanity during the conflict which overthrew his father last year but the new Libyan authorities have insisted that he stand trial in his home country.

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