Libya trial: Gaddafi son sentenced to death over war crimes #Beekhaybee

A court in Libya has sentenced Saif
al-Islam Gaddafi, son of deposed
leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, and
eight others to death over war
crimes linked to the 2011
revolution. More than 30 close associates of Col
Gaddafi were tried for suppressing
peaceful protests during the uprising. Saif al-Islam was not present in court
and gave evidence via video link. He is being held by a former rebel
group from the town of Zintan that
refuses to hand him over. Former head of intelligence for the
Gaddafi regime, Abdullah al-Senussi, is among those also facing death by
firing squad, as is former PM Baghdadi
al-Mahmoudi. Saif al-Islam is also wanted by the
International Criminal Court on charges
of war crimes and crimes against
humanity. Prosecutors say that he was part of his
father’s plans to “quell, by all means,
the civilian demonstrations against the
Gaddafi regime”. Murder and kidnap Saif al-Islam will be given the right to
appeal against the death sentence,
according to the BBC’s John Simpson,
who is in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Why is Libya lawless? West’s light touch failed Libya The trial, which opened last year, has
been dogged by criticism from human
rights agencies, who are concerned
about the fairness of Libya’s judicial
system. Eight other ex-officials received life
sentences and seven were given jail
terms of 12 years each, said chief
investigator Sadiq al-Sur. Four were
acquitted. The defendants were accused of
incitement to violence and murdering
protesters during the uprising that
eventually toppled Col Gaddafi. Since his death Libya has been plagued by instability, and currently has
no single government. Instead two warring factions each
claim to run the country. An
internationally recognised parliament is
based in Tobruk, while Tripoli is held by
rivals Libya Dawn. Saif al-Islam has been held in the
mountainous town of Zintan since the
end of the war, by rebels who are allied
to the Tobruk-based government. Libya’s rival power bases