Gaddafi’s son gets death sentence

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan Leader Moumar Gaddafi has been sentenced to death by a Libyan Court for war crimes allegedly committed during the 2011 “Arab Spring” in the North African country.

Saif al-Islam Gadaffi was sentenced along with other eight accomplices.

He was sentenced in absentia as he is being held by Zintan militants that have refused to hand him over for trial.

Prosecution has argued Al-Islam was influential in his father’s government and he helped in suppressing and Killing civilian protestors.

Gaddafi era intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and former prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, Sadiq al-Sur are among ex-government officials sentenced to die by firing squad.

After ruling Libya for 42 years, Moumar Gaddafi was killed by protestors in 2011, after they found him hiding in a sewage pipe.

Human Rights organisations have condemned the trial in Tripoli saying it was a ‘sham’.

“There are serious questions about whether judges and prosecutors can be truly independent where utter lawlessness prevails and certain groups are unashamedly shielded from justice,” Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch’s Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director said in a statement.

Since Gaddafi’s death the North African state has been plagued by instability and lawlessness.

Saif al-Islam and other eight co-convicts are expected to appeal the sentence within 60 days, sources in Tripoli say

Saif Islam is also wanted by the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity and killing civilian protestors in the 2011 Libyan revolution