Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi Released From Libyan Prison

12 Jun, 2017

Gaddafi’s son was captured in 2011 while trying to flee Libya to Niger and then sentenced to death in 2015.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been released from prison, according to the militia that has held him for five years.

According to a report by Al-Masdar Al-‘Arabi (AMN News), Gaddafi was reportedly freed by the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion militia, which controls the area of Zintan, southwest of the capital of Tripoli.

Gaddafi was captured in November 2011, a month after his father was killed by rebels.

Gaddafi’s son had been attempting to flee to Niger at the time of his capture. He was sentenced to death in 2015 during a mass trial of former Gaddafi officials in Tripoli.

AMN News reported that the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion released a statement saying he was freed on Friday.

“The citizen Saif al-Islam Muammar al-Qadafi was released in accordance with the law of the General Afwa issued by parliament, the only legitimate authority in the country,” the statement reads.

Saif al-Islam was the most prominent of Gaddafi’s eight children. He studied at the London School of Economics. He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.

His current location is unknown, said AMN.