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Friday, 8 July 2016
Muammar El-Qaddafi’s son, sentenced to death in 2015, is now free in Libya
The son of the late Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi, sentenced to death in 2015 for his role in killing protesters during the country’s 2011 uprising, has been freed under an amnesty, according to his lawyer.Saif Al-Islam, 44, is the second son of Qaddafi, who was deposed and killed by rebels in 2011. Islam had been held for five years by a militia in Zintan, a region of northwestern Libya, and was sentenced to death in absentia by a court in the capital Tripoli in July 2015 for his role in the killing of protesters during the uprising.
Islam’s lawyer Karim Khan told France 24 on Wednesday that the dictator’s son had been freed on April 12 as part of an amnesty “in accordance with [Libyan] law.” Khan confirmed that Islam was “well, safe and in Libya.”
The toppling of Qaddafi created a power vacuum in Libya that was exploited by multiple militias and armed groups, including, of late, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). Two rival governments were set up, one in Tripoli and an internationally recognized parliament in the eastern city of Tobruk. A United Nations-backed presidency council and Government of National Accord, led by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj, has been established in Tripoli since the start of 2016 but continues to face obstacles from the rival parliaments and militias.