Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, was sentenced to death in 2015 for war crimes he was found guilty of during the 2011 uprising.
The court in Tripoli heard him via video link, as Gaddafi was a prisoner of a rebel group in the city of Zintan.
That was the last time Gaddafi was seen alive for years.
Now he is alive and about to return to the stage.
New York Times Magazine got to interview Gaddafi as the first foreign media in ten years.
A newspaper reporter met him in Zintan, and Gaddafi said he was a free man.
Gaddafi said the rebels who abducted him had lost faith in the revolution and allied with him.
- Can you imagine?
My former guards are now my friends, Gaddafi said.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is the second eldest son of Muammar Gaddafi.
He studied in Europe, and many believed he would become a reformist successor to his father.
However, when the 2011 uprising began in Libya, Saif set out to defend his father’s power.
He eventually had to flee the rebels.
As he was approaching the Niger border, a rebel group stopped him.
The son of the dictator has since been their prisoner.
The rebels killed Muammar Gaddafi and held elections, but Libya quickly plunged into chaos.
The country is now ruled by various paramilitary factions and its economy has collapsed.
Saif now plans to fill a power vacuum, and according to New York Times Magazine, he has popular popularity behind him.
Many Libyans are tired of the chaos after the uprising and are longing for Gaddafi’s times again.
Libya will hold presidential elections in December.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi does not reveal whether he intends to run for office, but he has a rude opinion of the country’s leading politicians.
- They raped our country.
It’s on its knees, he said.
- No money, no security.
There is no life here.
Go to the gas station.
There is no diesel there.
We export oil and gas to Italy - we illuminate half of Italy - and there are power outages here.
This is worse than failure.
This is a fiasco.
Gaddafi’s power aspirations may be hampered by the International Criminal Court in The Hague calling for him to be convicted of the events of 2011.