Murder probe opened against Gaddafi son

2011-10-13 08:56

Tripoli - Libya's interim leaders have approved a request to open an investigation into Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi over the murder of a footballer who played for the national team in the 1980s, prosecutor Abdullah Banoun said on Wednesday.

Banoun told people gathered at the player's club for a memorial service that the National Transitional Council (NTC) had agreed the investigation into the murder of former midfielder and coach Basheer Al-Rryani could go ahead.

Al-Rryani was known as 'number nine' because of a law forbidding any players but Saadi Gaddafi, who had a brief career as a soccer player, from being mentioned by name. He was tortured and killed in December 2005.

During the Gaddafi-era there had been no independent judiciary and no attempt had been made to investigate the role of Saadi Gaddafi, who is also the subject of an Interpol arrest warrant, the prosecutor said.

After the uprising against his father's rule, Saadi Gaddafi sought refuge in neighbouring Niger, where the government says it has him under surveillance but says it is unlikely to extradite him any time soon to a country where he would not be given a fair trial and risked the death penalty.

Saadi is accused of leading military units responsible for crackdowns against protesters and misappropriating property.

Al-Rryani had coached at Saadi Gaddafi's club for several years after playing for Libya's national team between 1975-1983.

Friends attending the memorial remembered Al-Rryani as an outspoken critic of Gaddafi's regime and said he had been attacked on one occasion before his death.

"Two years before he was killed he told Saadi he was part of a dictatorship and had corrupted Libya. After that he was beaten and left outside his house," said Dr Hussein Rammali, a former team-mate who attended Wednesday's ceremony.

Rammali said Al-Rryani's family had last seen the star at Saadi Gaddafi's seaside resort four days before his body was returned to their home.

  • Neutedop - 2011-10-13 09:08

    I hope he gets tortured the same way. Still can't believe people back a goverment/family like this!

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-10-13 09:19

      People who do are either sadly brainwashed or professional trolls (on this forum)

      Keevus - 2011-10-13 09:51

      Martin du Plessis,such an infallable saviour of the world,you know much better than the whole world combined!.forgive us mortals,but we think Gaddafi sucks so does his people he oppressed for 42years.THAT we know,lord forgive us

      BUGATTI - 2011-10-13 10:17

      Dont ours also? Despite the corruption, crime etc they are still being voted for by the masses year after year. We are exactly just like them :(

      Tolerant - 2011-10-13 10:18

      The Gaddafi's should all be locked up for life, at least.

  • booboo - 2011-10-13 10:40

    Can you imagine the soccer commentary in Libya: And number nine passes to number seven, who crosses to number one. NUMBER ONE HAS HEADED SEVEN's PERFECT PASS INTO THE BACK OF THE NET! ANUUUUMMMMMBBBBERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Serious, how could our government receive the leader of Libya with open arms. It is mind boggling as countries, like people, are known by their friends?

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-10-13 10:41

    Awesome. I'm now one Gadaffi closer to lighting up my celebratory Hoyo de Monterrey cigar.

  • DFSS - 2011-10-13 10:49

    As they say : you would be known by your friends. I believe his loyal SA friends include Zuma, Mbeki, Mandela and the ANC? Please inform us who else

  • Agent Rascal - 2011-10-13 11:32

    Its amazing how when they torture they are shameless but now on the run they are shamefull,its called a bloodline disorder or Familial disorder and gets passes on down generations.......however when they found hopefully the disorder will go....These people can give alot of pain but when handed down to them they crack...Hang em all.

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