A court in Libya has sentenced Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to death over the war crimes committed during the 2011 Arab Spring.
The Tripoli court also sentenced to death eight others including former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi.
The son of the late Libyan dictator Muamar Gaddafi – Saif Al-Islam was arrested in 2011 when his father’s regime was overthrown after more than three decades. He was captured in Libya’s southern desert and sent to a secret prison.
Since the end of civil war, Gaddafi has been held by a militia group in the north-western town of Zintan and the group has refused to hand him over to the local authorities.
U.S. based Human Rights Watch said the trial was “undermined by serious due process violations,” and called on the Supreme Court to review the verdict.
“The victims of the serious crimes committed during the 2011 uprising deserve justice, but that can only be delivered through fair and transparent proceedings,” said Joe Stork, deputy director for Human Rights Watch.
Libya has slipped into chaos since the death of Muamar Gaddafi and there is not a single government. The reins of the country are divided between an elected cabinet in the east and another government in the west that has seized the capital, Tripoli.
In addition, many armed groups are battling for power in a lawless milieu that has allowed human traffickers and smugglers to flourish.
Before the uprising, Saif Al-Islam was known for introducing political and economic reforms.
His father was beaten to death during the conflict by rebels from Misurata and the whole world saw the brutality of the militants.
He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of torturing and killing civilians during the 2011 revolution, which killed about 30,000 people. IMAGE/telegraph