Over the weekend, Gaddafi’s son, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi was released by a rebel group that had held him captive since 2011.
After the death of the long time Libyan leader, following the Western intervention, members of his family took flight from Libya.
In March, 2017, Gaddafi’s daughter, Aisha Gaddafi successfully saw to the lifting of the EU ban on her by the European Court of Justice.
Gaddafi’s daughter was listed by the EU as one of those who face a travel ban and whose assets were frozen. The sanctions were in connection to Muammar Gaddafi’s controversial administration.
On the reverse, Saif Al Islam Gaddafi still has to pull off his trial withh ICC.
Saif Al Islam Gaddafi was captured as he was attempting to run away from the country.
Below are quick facts you should know about Saif Al Islam Gaddafi:
1. He Was Gaddafi’s Heir Apparent
It was crystal clear that Saif Al-Islam who studied at the London School of Economics was Gaddafi’s heir apparent. He was the most prominent of all of his 8 children. Popularly, Saif was called the “reformist face” of Gaddafi’s regime.
The Western world had high hopes that Saif would make economic and political reforms after his father. The supposition was dashed as he took his father’s side prior to the 2011 intervention.
2. Arrested In 2011
At the death of Gaddafi, the members of his family fled the country. His daughter, Aisha Gaddafi fled to Algeria and was later granted asylum in Oman. On the other hand, Saif was arrested as he attempted to flee to Niger.
Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi was captured by the Abu Bakr al-Sadiq Brigade in Tripoli.
3. He Escaped Death In 2016
In 2016, Saif was released from a death row in Libya. He was previously found guilty of war crimes.
4. He is Free But Still Wanted
In connection with crimes leveled against his late father, Gaddafi is still wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity. The Libyan government is, however, pushing for the trial to take place in Libya.
5. His Release Is Dicey For Libya
As confirmed by his lawyer, Khaled al-Zaidi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi has been released by the rebel group that captured and detained him for over 6 years.
According to BBC, his release has erupted a clash of views in Libya. While his supporters are in jubilation, others argue that his release is an obtruction of justice. Saif is accused of murdering his father’s protesters.
For instance, the Zintan Military Council, which had previously detained Saif; as well as the Zintan’s municipal council have condemned his release by the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq group.
In an issued statement, the councils described Saif’s release as “a form of collusion, a betrayal of the blood of the martyrs and stab in the back of the military body to which they [the brigade] claim to belong”.
6. Currently Nowhere To Be Found
Saif Al-Islam has been reported andconfirmed released by the rebel group but has not been publicly seen. It is assumed that for security reasons, his whereabouts at the moment has not been disclosed.
He is expected to probably address the public soon. However, speculations suggest that the 44-year old could be in Tobruk, eastern region of Libya.