Africa Today: Who Has The Right To Try Saif Gaddafi?

The trial of Africans at The Hague had often come about due to the lack of proper legal and judiciary system capable of effectively administering justice. But Libya seems to be ready to have its courts decide the fate of Saif. So why the ICC is still bent on extraditing Saif to face trial at the Hague? Is it a ploy to cover up some secrets between his late father and western allies who later toppled him? Libya has formally asked the international criminal court to abandon its legal action against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and the country’s former intelligence chief so that both men can be tried in Tripoli, where they could face the death penalty.

The 58-page submission, drawn up with the help of British lawyers, argues that the country is restoring its judicial system rapidly and that the men should be tried for their alleged crimes in a national court. Saif al-Islam, who studied at the London School of Economics, was expected to succeed his father, Muammar Gaddafi. After the regime fell, he was captured last November near the town of Obar while apparently fleeing to Niger. The Libyan government insists he has been held in “adequate conditions of detention” in the southern city of Zintan, “which will improved even further” once he is transferred to a prison in Tripoli.

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