Libyan authorities have released Saadi Gaddafi, son of the former leader Muammar Gaddafi who was deposed and killed during a 2011 uprising, according to media reports.
The 47-year-old immediately departed on a plane to Istanbul, an official source told the Reuters news agency on Sunday
The former professional footballer was accused of crimes committed against protesters in 2011 and of killing Libyan football coach Bashir al-Rayani in 2005
He was acquitted of al-Rayani’s murder in April 2018.
A source at the prosecutor’s office told the AFP news agency that “the chief prosecutor asked, several months ago, for the execution of the decision relating to Saadi Gaddafi as soon as all the required conditions had been satisfied”.
He was free to stay in the country or leave, the source added
Libya has suffered chaos, division and violence in the 10 years since the uprising. In addition to Muammar Gaddafi, three of his sons were also killed.
A ceasefire in 2020 ended factional fighting and paved the way for peace talks and the formation of a transitional government in March. Elections are planned for December
An official source told Reuters that Saadi Gaddafi’s release resulted from negotiations that included senior tribal figures and Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh
Another source told the agency the negotiations also involved former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha
In July the New York Times newspaper said it had interviewed Saadi’s brother, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was held for years in the town of Zintan, as his supporters indicate he will run in the upcoming presidential election
The third son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011, he was the commander of Libya’s Special Forces and was involved in the Libyan Civil War.
An Interpol notice was issued against him in 2011. On 5th March 2014, he was arrested in Niger and extradited to Libya, where he faced murder charges, which he was cleared of in 2018. In August 2015.
He was also captain of the Libya national football team, captain of his home club in Tripoli, and president of the Libyan Football Federation. He also played in the Italian serie A.
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