Egypt frees Qaddafi cousin cleared of attempted murder

Ahmed Qaddhaf al-Damm, cousin of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi after being arrested in Cairo. (File photo: AFP)

A cousin and former aide of slain Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has been released two days after his acquittal in a trial for attempted murder, a security official said Wednesday.

Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, whose extradition Tripoli is demanding, was “freed overnight by police in Cairo following the court decision to acquit him” on Monday, the official said.

Judicial sources had said Qaddaf al-Dam was detained in Cairo in March following a gunfight with Egyptian policemen in his apartment and was held despite the extradition demand.

On Monday, the Cairo court also acquitted him of possessing unlicensed weapons and resisting arrest, sources said.

Qaddaf al-Dam had denied the charges against him.

On the day of his arrest, Qaddaf al-Dam and his bodyguards allegedly fired a hail of bullets at masked policemen who stormed his apartment in an upscale Cairo neighborhood, witnesses had said.

Qaddaf al-Dam, who had an Egyptian residency permit, oversaw relations between Tripoli and Cairo but resigned from his post in February 2011 after the start of the revolt against Kadhafi.

Authorities in Libya said Qaddaf al-Dam is wanted for the “falsification of documents”.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41