World Bulletin / News Desk
Preparations for the trial of Saadi Gaddafi, the son of late Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, began on Thursday immediately after he was handed over by Niger, according to a Libyan official.
"Preparations for Saadi's trial have already started," Al-Seddiq al-Sewar, spokesman for the Libyan prosecutor-general and head of Libya's Investigations Office, told Anadolu Agency.
He added that Gaddafi's son had been placed in a jail in the capital Tripoli.
Earlier today, Libya officially received Saadi from neighboring Niger where he had been hiding since the collapse of his father's regime.
Saadi fled to Niger in September 2011 – one month before the murder of his father and the fall of his regime.
Niger, Libya's southern neighbor, had earlier granted Saadi asylum for "humanitarian reasons," and rejected Tripoli's demands to extradite him – despite an arrest warrant issued by Interpol at Libya's request.
According to al-Sewar, Saadi is accused of helping his father suppress Libya's February 17 Revolution, which eventually ended Gaddafi's four-decade rule.
"He will have all the guarantees for a fair trial, including defense lawyers," al-Sewar told AA.
He did not, however, say when exactly the trial would begin.Last Mod: 07 Mart 2014, 09:54