Libyan military prosecution orders arrest of Gaddafi’s son – Middle East Monitor
The Libyan military prosecutor’s office has issued an arrest warrant for Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi for murder and recruiting mercenaries, local media reported yesterday.
The media, including Libyan TV Al-Ahrar, said the military prosecutor’s office ordered the arrest and interrogation of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi on August 5 for his “involvement in killings and the recruitment of mercenaries.”
The directives of the public prosecutor were repeated in a statement addressed to the security services and to the military services, in particular the military police, the military intelligence service, the general intelligence, the Deterrence Device for Fight organized crime and Terrorism, the Stability Support Agency, the Internal Security Agency and the Ministry of the Interior.
The press release authorized “the use of military and security agencies under the jurisdiction of the place of location of the person concerned, in order to execute this decree”, adding that this is part of “criminal investigations which are in progress. “concerning a file”. related to the incident of murders committed by mercenaries of Russian nationality “.
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With the support of Arab and Western countries, mercenaries and foreign fighters launched unsuccessful attempts to seize the capital, Tripoli, the internationally recognized seat of government, killing and injuring civilians.
Saif Al-Islam is one of the sons of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the country from 1969 to 2011, before being overthrown by a popular revolution.
Gaddafi’s son is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), accused of committing war crimes.
On May 17, outgoing ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said: âEither Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi surrenders or the Libyan authorities hand him over to court.
According to observers, Gaddafi’s followers are keen to nominate Saif Al-Islam for the presidential elections, with Russian and tribal support.