Washington, Jan 18: Colonel Gaddafi’s son Saif al Islam has appeared in court in Libya for the first time since his capture more than a year ago.
Saif is accused of meeting an International Criminal Court (ICC) lawyer Melinda Taylor and of being ‘involved’ with an ICC delegation, reports Sky News.
Taylor was arrested and detained for three weeks after meeting Saif and has since said it proved he could not receive a fair trial in Libya for war crimes and that he should instead be tried at The Hague.
In 2011 UN Security Council resolution 1970 directed Libya to co-operate fully with the ICC in its investigations into Col Gaddafi’s violent suppression of civilian demonstrations.
But former rebels in Libya reportedly want the trial to be held in their country where Saif is more likely to face the death penalty. At Hague, he could only be given a prison sentence.
Libya has hired human rights lawyers to argue before ICC judges it would give Saif a fair trial and should be allowed to do so.
Libya has pledged to go along with the ICC’s final decision, whatever it may be.