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article imageLibya's NTC want Saif Gaddafi tried in Libya, not in the Hague

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 30, 2011 in World
Libya's NTC has made it clear that they want Saif al-Islam Gaddafi tried in Libya, rather than at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, if he is caught.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has so far remained at liberty, despite an International Criminal Court arrest warrant. Whilst ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has stated that he has been in touch with Saif through intermediaries regarding his surrender, Libya's NTC are now insisting on their right to bring Saif to trial in Libya if he is caught.
Colonel Ahmed Bani, a military spokesman for the NTC, states that Libya has the right, rather than the ICC, to try Saif, and says he should not be handed over to the Hague according to the Guardian. He said "We will not accept that our sovereignty be violated like that.We will put him on trial here. This is where he must face the consequences of what he has done. We will prove to the world that we are a civilised people with a fair justice system. Libya has its rights and its sovereignty and we will exercise them."His comments were reiterated by another spokesman for the NTC military council, Anees al-Sharif, who said "the NTC would prefer to try Saif al-Islam Gadhafi in a Libyan court, as it would like to show that he could receive a fair trial," CNN reported. He added that if Saif is caught in Libya they will try him there.
It is understood that Saif has heard about his father's brutal end at the hands of a mob of NTC fighters and is worried that a similar fate may be meted out to him at the hands of Libyans. However he may simply be stalling for time with the ICC as paid mercenaries are looking for the opportunity to transport Saif to safety in a country which would not extradite him to the Hague or to Libya.
According to Franklin Lamb who spoke with Libyan friends at the University of Tripoli, many Libyan people regret the demise of Col. Gaddafi. One Libyan told him "As NATO continues to hunt down Saif al Islam, many around our country are making Saif the new leader of the resistance to colonialism in Libya and in Africa. I personally pledge my support for him and pray that Allah will protect him."Whatever his fate it is unlikely that if Saif survives capture that he would be released following a trial, as he would become the focus for any pro-Gaddafi resistance that remains. Ironically he was largely responsible for the release of LIFG members from prison prior to the uprising in February.
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