Libyan Authorities Deny Release of Saif Al-Islam, Son of Slain Ruler Muammar Gaddafi from Jail


Officials in western Libya have denied that Saif al-Islam, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been freed.

France 24, quoting his new lawyer, reported yesterday that he had been released from jail in April.

A senior local official in Zintan, where he is being held, told the BBC:

This is a rumour that has been plaguing Zintan for months. This will not be the last time, I do not understand the motive of this lawyer.”

Last year, a court in the capital, Tripoli, sentenced Saif al-Islam to death over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution.

But the militia group that captured him, based in Zintan, has refused to hand him over.

In the years before the uprising that killed his father, Saif al-Islam was known for trying to introduce political and economic reforms.

But as people called for the fall of Gaddafi’s rule – he stood by him until the end.