Libyan court adjourns Qaddafi’s son trial until December

A picture taken on August 23, 2011 shows Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, son of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafu appearing at his father's residential complex in the Libyan capital Tripoli. (AFP)

The son of deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, Saif al-Islam appeared in court on Thursday, Agence France-Presse reported.

He faces security charges in a trial that has been adjourned until Dec. 12.

“Saif al-Islam Qaddafi appeared before the Zintan court that decided to adjourn the trial until Dec. 12 to allow the attendance of other[s] accused in the case,” said the lawyer, who was present in court.

The late Qaddafi’s son was also due at a pre-trial hearing in Tripoli on Thursday on security charges related to the 2011 uprising that ousted his father.

However, there was speculation about whether his ex-rebel captors in Zintan would allow him to appear.

Saif al-Islam has been held by a militia group that captured him in the western mountain town of Zintan as he was fleeing to neighboring Niger after rebel forces took Tripoli.

If convicted of the charges levied against him, Saif al-Islam will face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment; Libya does not have the death penalty.

(With AFP)

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