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April 17, 2012

Tripoli or The Hague: Can Muammar Gaddafi’s son get a fair trial in Libya?

Our take: The International Criminal Court in The Hague makes more sense. At South Africa-based IOL News, see "Al-Islam Faces Justice on Libyan Soil". It begins:

Muammar Gaddafi’s son and former heir Saif al-Islam will be put on trial inside Libya and there will be a verdict before the middle of June, a Libyan official said on Monday.

The decision comes despite appeals by rights groups to Libyan authorities to hand him over to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for trial, amid fears that he may not get a fair trial in Libya.

A trial in the capital Tripoli would, however, mark a small step forward for the central government, which has been struggling to unify the country under its authority since Muammar Gaddafi’s capture and killing last year.

Reuters: Saif al-Islam.

Posted by JD Hull at April 17, 2012 04:27 PM


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