The first trial of a senior Gaddafi official opened on Tuesday. Bouzid Dorda, a former Libyan prime minister and United Nations Ambassador ended his career as Gaddafi's foreign intelligence chief.
Bouzid Dorda (Abuzed Omar Dorda) 68, is charged with ordering security forces to “kill demonstrators and fire live ammunition at them” during the 2011 uprising, Alarabiya reports. He also stands accused of organizing "members of his tribe into an armed militia with the aim of sparking a civil war."
Additional charges cited by Egypt Independent include "detaining people without evidence of any crimes and using or threatening force to prevent others from enjoying their political rights."
Dorda appeared in the Tripoli court behind a metal cage, dressed in prison uniform and using crutches. He told the court “I deny these accusations which contradict what I did during the events."
The former intelligence chief has been held in a Libyan prison since his arrest last September. In October Digital Journal reported his family contacted the United Nations "claiming that Dorda was the victim of a murder attempt by prison guards."
His family alleged "that prison guards working under the remit of the National Transitional Council, attempted to murder Dorda. NTC officials deny the allegation and say Dorda incurred injuries including two broken legs whilst either attempting to escape or commit suicide. "
Only former Gaddafi supporters and regime members will be brought to trial for events that occurred during the Libyan uprising. The authorities recently passed Law 38 which gives immunity to those who supported the uprising, including those that committed atrocities against Gaddafi supporters. The new immunity will also extend to include the prison guards accused of attempting to murder Dorda.