The trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of deposed Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, is to be held in Libya soon, according to a Libyan political activist.
Fars News reported Libyan political activist Idris Adish announced "the trial of Saif al-Islam will be held in Libya soon in a transparent and just way and in the presence of the representatives of the International Criminal Court". The Libyan government is investigating Gaddafi for crimes including torture and murder.
Libya has challenged the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague for the right to try Gaddafi on his home turf. Saif Gaddafi himself has stated he would prefer to be tried in Libya rather than in the Hague, even though he faces the death penalty in Libya. He has stated he does not recognize the authority of the ICC.
The Telegraph reported earlier this month that Gaddafi has refused to name a defense lawyer to represent him. The ICC appointed lawyer Xavier-Jean Keita to represent Saif but the two have had no contact. Representatives of Human Rights Watch who have had access to Gaddafi in Zintan said "We do not know if he's been afforded access to a lawyer" as they expressed their concerns whether he will receive a fair and impartial trial in Libya.