Saadi Gaddafi, son of ex-Libyan leader, gets out of prison and leaves the country

Saadi Kadhafi in the box of the accused during his trial, December 6, 2015. AFP - MAHMUD TURKIA

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Innocent by the Libyan justice more than three years ago, Saadi Gaddafi, one of the sons of the former Libyan head of state was released this Sunday, September 5 in Tripoli.

He immediately left Tripoli for Turkey aboard a private plane.

The Attorney General says he is free to move around.


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Saadi is

Gaddafi's third son


Businessman and former football player who had played in Libyan and Italian clubs, he was accused of having killed the player and the coach of the Al Ittihad club,

Bachir Rayani,

in 2005. The latter had declared that Saadi did not wasn't good at soccer.

The Tripoli Court of Appeal acquitted him in April 2018 of this murder.

Asked a few months ago about the reasons for keeping him in prison despite the court's decision, the public prosecutor announced that " 

the execution of the decision on his release will [be] made, once the required conditions are met. will be satisfactory


Alleged involvement in the repression of the 2011 uprising

At the time of the 2011 uprising, Saadi al Gaddafi had led the former regime's special forces unit, before fleeing to Niger, where he was placed under house arrest.

Claimed by Interpol, which issued an international arrest warrant against him,

Niger delivered him to Libya in March 2014.

He was also to be tried for his alleged involvement in the repression of the revolt that ended his father's regime in 2011. In a statement, the government of national unity says his release is " 

in the interest of national reconciliation.



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