Libya ex-PM al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi on trial

Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi

Libya’s former Prime Minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi has gone on trial in Tripoli charged with “acts that led to the unjust killing of Libyans”.

Mr Mahmoudi and two others are also accused of funnelling about $25m ($16m) of public money through Tunisia to help forces supporting Col Gaddafi.

Mr Mahmoudi fled to neighbouring Tunisia during last year’s uprising against Libya’s then-leader, but was extradited in June.

His two co-defendants were managers of a company overseen by one of Muammar Gaddafi’s most prominent sons, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

They are accused of channelling public funds through private accounts in Tunisia to help pay for support to pro-Gaddafi forces.

He is one of four senior officials from the former government being prosecuted in Libya.

Source: BBC News, Dec. 10, 2012,