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Libyan Attorney General investigates the release of Gaddafi’s son


FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2011, file photo, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, speaks to the media at a press conference in a hotel in Tripoli, Libya. A Libyan court sentenced Seif al-Islam, to death over killings in 2011 uprising on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Libya’s public prosecutor’s office has begun an investigation into the release of imprisoned Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi, according to charge d’affaires of the Libyan Attorney General Ibrahim Masoud Ali, reports Xinhua.

“Based on the information regarding the release of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who has been sentenced in absentia, he is wanted under the court order, so that he will be tried in accordance with the requirements of a fair trial,” Ali said in a statement.

“The amnesty he needs to be released required a legal waiver from the families of the victims. Moreover, the suspect is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity,” the statement added.

Legal procedures, investigations and trial will include all those found to be involved in obstructing the implementation of the judicial rulings according to the public prosecutor’s office.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, 44, was freed by an armed group in western Libya where he had been held since 2011 revolt against his late father, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, one of his lawyers and the brigade involved said, according to a report by Reuters.

Saif was released in Libya’s town of Zintan under an amnesty law passed by a parliament based in eastern Libya, his lawyer Khaled al-Zaidi said on Sunday. Saif moved to another Libyan city not named for security reasons.

Saif is the most prominent of the late leader’s children but it is unclear what role he will play in Libya, where a complex array of armed groups and competing governments are vying for control

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