Saif al-Islam Qaddafi has finally gone on trial in Libya. For a moment, I thought he might begin his speech to the court by waving his right index finger as he did when he threatened the Libyan people in the face of the judges, to question the legitimacy of the court.
The trial of Saif al-Islam Qaddafi may provide him with an opportunity to say what he likes and to excuse the cruelty of his father’s decades of rule.Bakir Oweida
It is certain, in that respect at least, that Saif al-Islam Qaddafi’s rights have been preserved in law. The test which faces the court and maybe even all Libyans is the extent of their patience towards the defendant when he starts throwing accusations and exploiting the suffering of Libyans. The people of his country are suffering due to the lapse in security, the economic recession, and the financial corruption. Saif al-Islam hopes to bring back his father s memory from his unmarked grave, so that Muammar can speak using his son’s voice, reminding those listening of the lessons and the rebukes or, sometimes, the contempt for people he wrongly thought had loved him, as he once told BBC Jeremy Bowen during the height of the revolution against him.