The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

Gaddafi's ex-PM goes on trial in Libya over mass rape, graft


TRIPOLI (REUTERS) - Deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's former prime minister went on trial on Monday over allegations including corruption and of ordering mass rape during the war last year.

Al Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi could face life in jail or execution if convicted.

He served as the ousted Libyan leader's prime minister from 2006 until he fled to neighbouring Tunisia around the time rebel fighters took Tripoli in August last year.

Tunisia extradited him in June, making him the first senior former Gaddafi official to be returned for trial under Libya's transitional leadership.