The son of the overthrown leader Muammar Gaddafi released from prison in Libya


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Saadi Gaddafi has been jailed in Tripoli since his extradition from Niger in 2014. He immediately flew to the Turkish city of Istanbul after his release, an official source said.

Saadi Gaddafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi, sits behind bars during a hearing in a courtroom in Tripoli, Libya on February 7, 2016 (Ismail Zetouni / Reuters)

Libyan authorities have released Saadi Gaddafi, a son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi who was overthrown and killed in a 2011 uprising, an official Libyan source and a unity government source said on Sunday.

Saadi Gaddafi fled for Niger during the NATO-backed uprising, but was extradited to Libya in 2014 and has since been imprisoned in Tripoli.

He immediately flew to Istanbul, the official source said.

Libya has experienced chaos, division and violence in the decade since the uprising. The national unity government was installed in March as part of a peace campaign that was also to include elections scheduled for December.

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Not guilty

His release is the result of negotiations involving senior tribal officials and Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, the official source said. Another source said the negotiations also involved former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha.

In 2018, the Justice Ministry declared that Saadi Gaddafi had been found not guilty of “murder, deception, threats, enslavement and defamation of former player Bashir Rayani”.

In July, the New York Times said it interviewed Saadi’s brother, Saif al Islam Gaddafi, detained for years in the town of Zintan, as his supporters say he will run in the presidential elections scheduled for December.

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Source: Reuters

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