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Prominent Qaddafi Son To Be Tried In Libya


Saif al-Islam Qaddafi after his capture, in the custody of revolutionary fighters.

Saif al-Islam Qaddafi after his capture, in the custody of revolutionary fighters.

The most prominent son of the former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, Saif al-Islam Qaddafi,will not be handed over to the International Criminal Court, (ICC).

Instead, Libya's Justice Minister Ali Ashour said Saif al-Islam will be tried for financial corruption and crimes of murder and rape inside Libya by Libyan judges.

Saif al-Islam remains in a secret prison in the custody of the Zintan rebels who caught him last year.

The ICC says it has jurisdiction in the case and wants Tripoli to hand him over.

The Hague-based court has rejected Libya's request to postpone his surrender.

Last year, the ICC issued arrest warrants for Muammar Qaddafi, Saif al-Islam and the Libyan leader's intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi who was arrested last month in Mauritania.
Based on Reuters reporting
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