Gaddafi’s son freed ‘with­out per­mis­sion’

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TRIPOLI: The mil­i­tary and city coun­cil of the Libyan city Zin­tan have ob­jected to the re­lease of Saif Al-Is­lam Gaddafi, who has been freed by the mili­tia de­tain­ing him in the city, the coun­cil said.

“This act is a col­lu­sion and a betrayal of the mar­tyrs and a stab to the mil­i­tary es­tab­lish­ment that they claim to be­long to.”

A mili­tia from Zin­tan called AbuBakr al-Sid­diq Bat­tal­ion, which was de­tain­ing Gaddafi, an­nounced on Satur­day that they had freed him based on an amnesty law is­sued by the eastern-based par­lia­ment in 2015.

Gaddafi was sen­tenced to death in ab­sen­tia by the Tripoli Ap­peal Court in July 2015 for sup­press­ing the 2011 up­ris­ing and the killing of pro­test­ers.

He is also wanted by the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court for crimes against hu­man­ity dur­ing the up­ris­ing. The na­tional de­fence and se­cu­rity com­mit­tee of the eastern-based par­lia­ment on Sun­day de­manded all de­tainees of the for­mer regime be re­leased with­out a court ver­dict.

In Tripoli, At­tor­ney -Gen­eral in-charge, Ibrahim Ma­soud Ali, said the re­lease of Gaddafi was il­le­gal.

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