Colonel Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam sentenced to death
Today a court in Libya has sentenced Saif al-Islam to death in absentia. The son of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi was on trial for war crimes against the Libyan people. He is accused of torturing and killing civilians during a 2011 uprising. Al-Islam denies the charges.
The verdict was passed in absentia since he has been held by a former rebel group in Zintan region since 2011. It opposes the Tripoli government and is not recognised by world powers. Former Gaddafi era spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi and ex-Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi were also sentenced to death.