Trial begins for Gaddafi sons and officials

Saif al-Islam and Saadi Gaddafi among 38 former Libya regime figures accused of war crimes during 2011 uprising. Tripoli, Libya – Two of Muammar Gaddafi’s sons and three dozen former officials face court for alleged war crimes committed during the 2011 uprising. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and his younger brother, Saadi, face court on Monday on charges including murder and plundering state coffers. Their co-accused include the former intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi and former prime ministers, al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi and Bouzid Dorda. For prosecutors, it is a chance to finally call to account key members of the Gaddafi regime for alleged crimes committed during the uprising and the decades of dictatorship that preceded it. Security is tight at Tripoli’s Hadba prison, which has been turned into a fortress protected by barbed wire, armoured cars and machine-guns. Prosecutors say more than 200 witnesses have been interviewed and more than 40,000 pages of evidence...

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