Saif al - Islam Gaddafi, the son of slain Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, is to stand trial on September 19, the country’s general prosecutor says.
Libya’s prosecutor Abdel-Qader Radwan said on Tuesday, that the former Libyan ruler’s son, his spy chief Abdullah al-Senoussi, former Prime Minister Al Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, and 26 other former regime members, will be tried for various charges next month. The charges include murder, forming armed groups in violation of the law, inciting rape and kidnappings over the past four decades and during the 2011 revolution. Radwan added that over 280 other arrest warrants had been issued for those wanted over similar charges. According to the prosecutor’s aide al-Seddik al-Sur, the former intelligence chief had confessed to having a role in the production of car bombs in the Libyan city of Benghazi. He added that the defendants "were not subject to any form of pressure to extract confessions." Libyans rose up against Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade rule in February 2011 and deposed him in August 2011. He was slain on October 20 of the same year. Saif al-Islam, who served as Gaddafi’s de facto prime minister, has been in the custody of a local militia in the western mountain city of Zintan where the writ of the central government runs weakly. The 40-year-old was captured in November 2011 while trying to flee the country. In July, the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled that Libya had to extradite Saif al-Islam to The Hague in order to face charges of crimes against humanity, stressing that Libya could not give Gaddafi’s son a fair trial.