A Libyan court has sentenced Muammar Gaddafi’s most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, and eight other members of the former regime, to death over war crimes.
Saif al-Islam is to die by firing squad, the court ruled Tuesday. He gave evidence via video link at the start of the trial.
He is being held by a former rebel group from the town of Zintan that refuses to hand him over.
Those condemned to death were accused of war crimes and suppressing peaceful protests during the revolution that overthrew Mr. Gadaffi in 2011.
More than 30 close associates of the deposed leader were on trial.
Among them are the former head of intelligence for the Gaddafi regime, Abdullah al-Senussi, and former PM Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi. Both men were also sentenced to death.
Other defendants received sentences ranging from five years to life imprisonment, according to the BBC.
“They faced charges including murder, kidnap and embezzlement, during the uprising that eventually toppled Col Gaddafi,” BBC says.
The trial opened in 2014, and has been criticised by human rights groups.
Saif al-Islam will be given the right to appeal the death sentence.
Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.
TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...