TRIPOLI, March 7 (Xinhua) -- A trial of 40 former officials of Libyan former leader Muammar Gaddafi's administration opened Thursday in al-Zawiya city, some 48 km west of the capital Tripoli.
The defendants are facing several charges, including inciting killing of protesters during the upheaval that toppled Gaddafi, wasting public funds, embezzlement and power abuse, Abdel Fattah Amar, the head of al-Zawiya Local Council, told Xinhua.
The court decided to postpone the hearing session to April 11, 2013 in order to enable the lawyers to study the files of the cases, said Taha Barra, the spokesman for the prosecutor-general.
Major General Mahdi Arabi, one of the officers that took part in a coup in 1969 under Gaddafi, is among the defendants.
The coastal city of al-Zawiya played a major role in overthrowing Gaddafi in 2011.