Muammar Gadaffi Son Released from Prison

Media reports said that Libyan authorities liberated Saadi Gaddafi, son of overthrown former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed during a 2011 riot.

Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh announced Gaddafi’s release with a statement that said the country cannot proceed without appeasement, understanding the separation of powers and following court procedures and decisions.

An official source told Reuters that Gaddafi flew and moved to Istanbul. The same source said that Gaddafi’s release was the outcome of negotiations made with other leaders and Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, while another informant said that interior minister Fathi Bashagha was involved. 

The Justice Ministry said on April 2018 that Saadi Gaddafi had been acquitted of “murder, deception, threats, enslavement, and defamation of former football player Bashir Rayani”. 

AFP reported, as cited by Al Jazeera, that a prosecutor’s office source told the news agency that “The chief prosecutor asked, several months ago, for the execution of the decision relating to Saadi Gaddafi as soon as all the required conditions had been satisfied”. The informant added that Gaddafi had the choice to either stay or leave the country. 

A ceasefire in 2020 stopped Libya’s turbulent rivalries after a five-day talk in Geneva, which made peace talks possible. The Libyan leaders formed a transitional government in March, and elections are underway for December. 

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