SEIF AL-ISLAM GADDAFI TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER IN LIBYA

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Late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s son and his spy chief were charged on Tuesday with murder in relation to the country’s 2011 civil war and are set to stand trial, said Libya’s general prosecutor.

Abdel-Qader Radwan told reporters that the trial will start Sept. 19 on alleged crimes committed during Gadhafi’s 42-year rule and during the eight-month-long civil war that deposed him.

The defendants are former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi and Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, the heir apparent and only son of the former dictator who is in custody. A total of 28 former regime members will face trial that day on various charges ranging from murder, forming armed groups in violation of the law, inciting rape and kidnappings.

Radwan said Libyan authorities have issued more than 280 arrest warrants for those wanted on similar charges.

Radwan’s aide, al-Seddik al-Sur, said spy chief al-Senoussi has confessed to collaborating on producing car bombs in the city of Benghazi, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising.

Gadhafi’s son remains held by a militia group that captured him in the western mountain town of Zintan as he was fleeing to neighboring Niger after rebel forces took Libya’s capital.

He is also being tried on separate charges of harming state security, attempting to escape prison and insulting Libya’s new flag.

According to filings by defense lawyers at the court, Seif al-Islam said he wants to be tried for alleged war crimes in the Netherlands, claiming that a Libyan trial would be tantamount to murder.

The rest of Seif 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.

Source: Huffington Post, Aug. 27, 2013, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/27/seif-al-islam-gaddafi_n_3824205.html

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