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Libyan court hands Gaddafi’s son death sentence over alleged war crimes


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The son of deposed Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi along with eight others have been sentenced to death over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution, BBC reported Tuesday adding that more than 30 close associates of Gaddafi were tried for suppressing peaceful protests during the uprising.

Saif al-Islam was reportedly not in court, but has previously appeared via video link. BBC says the son of colonel Gadafi is being held by a former rebel group from the town of Zintan that refuses to hand him over.

A Zintani source  reportedly told BBC that they would not execute him or hand him over to the court. 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. They have the right to appeal against their sentences within 60 days.

 

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