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Libyan court postpones trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and other former officials

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi sits behind the accused cell during the trial Photo: AFP

 

On 21 May 2014 the ICC Appeals Chamber ruled that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Libya’s former dictator- Muammar Gaddafi, should be tried by the ICC upholding an earlier decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I.

Meanwhile in Libya, domestic proceedings against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Abdullah al-Senussi – former intelligence chief and dozens of other former government officials are continuous, with the trial being adjourned to 22 June 2014, in defiance of the ICC Appeals Chamber decision.

The commencement and adjudication of the domestic trial against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been continuously postponed. Domestic proceedings against the accused officially commenced in April 2014 but the proceedings have been subject to delays and postponements. The most recent adjournment till 22 June 2014 emanates from requests made by both the prosecution and defense for additional time to prepare their cases and the defense’s demand for access to the defendants.

Moreover, political instability and insecurity continue in Libya; last week forces loyal to a renegade general attacked a government-funded Islamist militia in Benghazi, while Libya’s interim prime minister challenged the appointment of his successor.

Civil society has expressed concerns about the trial and deteriorating security in Libya.

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