Trial of Gaddafi-era figures adjourned until November 1

Trial judge Mansour Okasha said the postponement was requested by the defendants' lawyers who wanted to add additional documents to their defense

Trial of Gaddafi-era figures adjourned until November 1

World Bulletin/News Desk

An appeals court in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday adjourned until November 1 the trial of 23 figures of the regime of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi, including his son, Seif al-Islam.

Trial judge Mansour Okasha said the postponement was requested by the defendants' lawyers who wanted to add additional documents to their defense.

He said he and fellow colleagues would look into the additional documents on November 1.

The judge said Gaddafi's son, who remains in detention at a prison in the western Zintan region, could not be brought to Sunday's trial for "security reasons."

The 23 defendants are accused of committing mass murder upon the February 17, 2011 uprising that led to the downfall of the Gaddafi regime; forming militias to suppress civilians; fomenting tensions that negatively affected the unity of the Libyan people, and financial corruption, according to the official Libyan news agency.

Other key defendants in the case include Gaddafi's spymaster Abdullah Senussi, his prime minister Baghdadi Mahmudi and his foreign minister Abdull Ati-Obeidi.

Seif al-Islam is also being tried on charges of undermining his country's security.

The International Criminal Court also accuses him of committing crimes against humanity.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ekim 2014, 23:45

Muhammed Öylek

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