Libya: Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's lawyers prevented from accessing Sebha court

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi signs his declaration of candidacy for the presidential election at the Sebha registration center on November 14, 2021 © Khaled Al-Zaidy / Handout / Reuters

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New incidents took place Monday, November 29 in the court of Sebha, in the south of the country.

For several days, Saif al-Islam Kadhafi, the son of the former leader, has been trying unsuccessfully to appeal the rejection of his presidential candidacy scheduled for December 24.

The Libyan interim government, like the United Nations, is expressing concern.

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Armed men are blocking access to the court in the city of Sebha, more than 600 km from the capital Tripoli, according to images released by the local press.

These people are presented as belonging to the forces of Khalifa Haftar, the strongman of eastern Libya.

At the same time, on Monday, a few dozen people demonstrated, in front of the same court, to protest against an attack on the work of justice.

Among them, supporters of Saif al-Islam, the son of the former Libyan leader, whose lawyers want to appeal the rejection of

his presidential candidacy

scheduled for December 24.

They have been prevented from doing so since last Thursday, the day following the announcement of the decision taken by the electoral commission to exclude 25 candidates from this ballot, for non-compliance with the provisions of the electoral law.

"

Risks of civil war

"

In a statement, the Libyan interim government believes that these tensions threaten the legitimacy of the judiciary and "

 risk plunging Sebha back into civil war 

".

The United Nations mission in Libya mentions “ 

intimidation

 ” and “ 

threats 

” against judges, which directly hamper the electoral process.

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