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article imageSaif Gaddafi charged with failing to license camels

By Katerina Nikolas     Apr 6, 2012 in World
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who pretended to be a camel herder in order to evade capture, has been charged with failure to license his camels.
As rebel fighters from Zintan closed in on Saif Gaddafi in the Sahara last November, he announced to his captors "My name is Abdul Salem, a camel keeper." Now, almost five months later the only charges the Libyan interim authorities have managed to muster up relate to trivial matters such as Saif's failure to license his camels.
Omran Eturki, leader of the Zintan council, insisted when Saif was captured that he should be tried in Zintan's courthouse, saying "All the people of Zintan want to see him have a proper trial. We don’t like to harm him. If we wanted to kill him we could kill him. We captured him so I think we have the right to try him.”
The council is still refusing to hand Saif over to the authority of the National Transitional Council in Tripoli, regarding him as the prize of Zintan fighters.
However, their determination to see Saif stand in the dock is thus far lacking credible charges which would warrant the death penalty, a sentence which would not be imposed if Saif was tried and found guilty of charges against humanity at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
Following Saif's capture RT reported Libya's interim justice minister Mohammed al-Alagy said he would be charged for crimes including the misuse of public funds and recruiting mercenaries. As yet no such charges have been levied as efforts to bring Saif to justice are hampered by the different factions claiming their rights to try him.
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