Saadi Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who has been held in a Tripoli prison since 2014, was released by a Libyan justice court several years ago, a source close to the justice ministry said.
“Saadi Muammar Gaddafi was released from prison as ordered by a court of law” several years ago, the source confirmed to the French Agency on Sunday, without specifying whether he is still in Libya.
The media reported last night that Gaddafi left by air from the Libyan capital for Turkey.
Asked by Agence France-Presse, a source in the attorney general's office said Gaddafi's son had been released on the recommendation of his boss.
“Several months ago, the attorney general called for the execution of the justice decision regarding the release of Saadi Gaddafi when the necessary conditions were met,” he said, adding that he was “free to either stay or leave” the country.
Saadi Gaddafi, 47, who was extradited to Libya from Niger on March 6, 2014, was tried and acquitted in April 2018 by a Tripoli court of appeals in the case of the murder of the former coach of the Al Ittihad football team, Bashir Rayani.
He was also expected to stand trial for his alleged involvement in the deadly crackdown on the uprising that toppled his father's regime in 2011.
Since then, Libya has plunged into chaos, and in recent years two rival governments in the east and west of the country have been claiming power, amid multifaceted interventions by various foreign powers.
Despite the cessation of hostilities in 2020 and the declaration of a ceasefire after months of negotiations to find a solution to the conflict, divisions have quickly resurfaced and the alleged forthcoming elections in Libya are increasingly being challenged in the absence of a constitutional framework.
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