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Gaddafi's son 'would be hanged in Libya': Defence tells ICC

Published on Oct 10, 2012 7:14 PM
 

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam without a doubt would get a death sentence if tried in Libya, his lawyer told the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday.

"Although the Libyan government has danced around the issue, let's be very clear: if convicted (in Libya) Mr Gaddafi will be hanged," Melinda Taylor, a court-appointed lawyer, told judges amid a dispute on where Saif should face justice.

While the ICC wants Saif, the only son of the slain Libyan leader in custody, to be tried in The Hague, Libya's post-revolutionary authorities insist he should stand trial in his home country.

Libya's lawyers told a three-judge bench on Tuesday the country had enough evidence to charge Saif with crimes against humanity, committed when Gaddafi and his loyalists tried to put down Libya's bloody revolution last year.

 
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