Gaddafi’s son freed in amnesty
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