Libya begins to try Gaddafi's second son   2013-01-17 18:20:23            

TRIPOLI, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- The trial of Saif Islam Gaddafi, the second son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, started Thursday, a spokesperson of the General Attorney told Xinhua.

The trial took place in Zentan city, some 150 km southwest of the capital Tripoli, but was soon postponed to May 2, due to the absence of Saif Islam's lawyer Melinda Taylor, said Taha Barra.

Libya's justice ministry announced last week that Saif al-Islam, along with former prime minister al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi and former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi, would be tried as soon as the questioning is completed within the next month.

Barra said Monday that Saif Islam and Senoussi will be put on trial in a month, pending the completion of questioning of Senoussi.

There has been an ongoing battle between Libya and the International Criminal Court (ICC) over where Saif Islam should face justice. The Libyan authorities have repeatedly rejected requests to hand him over for trial in The Hague.

In 2011, the ICC issued warrants against Gaddafi, Saif Islam and Senoussi over charges of crimes against humanity stemming from the crackdown on anti-Gaddafi protesters.

Editor: Hou Qiang
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