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article imageSaif Gaddafi to face trial in Libya

By Katerina Nikolas     Nov 20, 2011 in World
The Libyan government has said that Saif Gaddafi will be tried in Libya, rather than the Hague, promising a fair and proper trial. Saif Gaddafi has said he does not recognize the authority of the International Criminal Court.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, captured in the Libyan Sahara on Saturday, is to be tried by a court in Libya. Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib made a statement saying "He will get his day in court," promising it will be a "just and proper" trial. (BBC)
In spite of the repeated reports from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, that Saif Gaddafi had been negotiating a safe surrender to the ICC, Saif denied this when questioned in custody. He said he had not been in touch with the ICC and didn't recognize them, reiterating the position he held when interviewed by RT in June. At that time he said “It’s a fake court. Under the table they are trying to negotiate with us a deal. They say if you accept this deal, we will take care of the court. What does that mean? It means this court is controlled by those countries which are attacking us every day! It is just to put psychological and political pressure on us. That’s it. Of course, it won’t work. The court is a joke here in Libya.” The Telegraph reports that Luis Moreno-Ocampo will travel to Libya within the next few days to discuss where the trial will be held and to discuss arrangements. However the Libyan authorities are at this point insistent it will take place on Libyan soil, rather than in the Hague. The ICC has said the Libyan government has an obligation to co-operate with the ICC.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said "Britain will offer every assistance to the Libyan government and the International Criminal Court to bring him to face full accountability and justice for what he has done.The Libyan government has told us again today that he will receive a trial in line with international standards, and it is important that this happens." Saif Gaddafi is facing charges of crimes against humanity, including recruiting mercenaries to fight against the rebels. The ICC has no evidence that Gaddafi was involved in firing on Libyans. If found guilty he could receive the death penalty, if he survives long enough to be tried. A trial could be embarrassing for many in the previous Blair government and particularly for former Prime Minister Tony Blair, due to Saif Gaddafi's knowledge of various deals.
Many commenters on various articles regarding the capture of Saif expect that the news of his suicide or killing whilst trying to escape, is likely.
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