DUBAI, April 14 (RAPSI) – The trial of Muammar Gaddafi’s officials and his sons Saif al-Islam and Saadi will begin in Tripoli, Libya on Monday, Sky News Arabia announced.
The dictator was overthrown in 2011. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was caught trying to escape Libya across the Sahara in November 2011. Saadi Gaddafi made it to Niger but was extradited in March after allegedly breaching the terms of his asylum.
Others on trial for corruption and military crimes are Abdullah Senussi, Gaddafi’s brother-in-law and security chief, former Foreign Minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi, and 30 other people.
Libyan sources doubt that Gaddafi’s sons will appear in court. The investigation into Saadi’s case is not over yet, and Saif al-Islam is being held by former Libyan rebels in the mountain town of Zintan. They refuse to surrender him to the central authorities which, they claim, cannot ensure Saif’s safety.
Human rights organizations have information that members of the former Gaddafi government have been tortured in jail and that there have been gross violations during their investigation and trial.