Gaddafi’s son freed in amnesty

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AFTER five years of de­ten­tion in a moun­tain prison, Saif al-Is­lam Gaddafi, the son of late Libyan leader Muam­mar Gaddafi, has been re­leased from de­ten­tion as part of an amnesty. He is now among his un­cles and rel­a­tives in the eastern Libyan city of al-Bayda.

Gaddafi was re­leased late on Satur­day, said the Abu Bakr al-Sid­diq Bat­tal­ion, a mili­tia in con­trol of Zin­tan, south-west of the cap­i­tal Tripoli. The group is loyal to Gen­eral Khal­ifa Haf­tar’s Libyan Na­tional Army. US Ma­rine Corp Gen­eral Thomas Wald­hauser, the com­man­der of US Africa Com­mand, has ac­cused Haf­tar of be­ing backed by the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion.

In March, a se­nior of­fi­cial from the brigade said Gaddafi would likely play a large role in the coun­try’s fu­ture. Saif al-Is­lam, 44, gained promi­nence as a high-rank­ing of­fi­cial and spokesper­son dur­ing the Nato-backed in­sur­gency. Dur­ing the clashes, Gaddafi spoke de­fi­antly against the con­certed at­tempt to top­ple his father. The al­leged in­ter­ven­tion to pro­tect anti-gov­ern­ment protesters rapidly be­came “regime change”, he said. teleSUR

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