47-year-old son of ‘Dictator Muammar Gaddafi’ released from prison

Libyan authorities have released Saadi Gaddafi, the son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi who was sacked and killed during a 2011 rebellion.

Saafi Gaddafi son of Muammar Gaddafi
Saafi Gaddafi son of Muammar Gaddafi

Libya: According to media reports, Libyan authorities have released Saadi Gaddafi, the son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi who was sacked and killed during a 2011 rebellion.

One 47-year-old immediately left for Istanbul by plane, an official source told on Sunday.

During the rebellion in 2011, Saadi Gaddafi fled to Niger but was extradited to Libya in 2014 and has since been locked up in Tripoli.

The former professional footballer is accused of crimes committed against protesters in 2011 and that he killed Libyan football coach Bashir al-Rayani in 2005.

He was acquitted of the killing of al-Rayani in April 2018.

A source at the prosecutor’s office told the AFP news agency that “the chief prosecutor asked a few months ago for the execution of the decision on Saadi Gaddafi once all the required conditions were met”.

He was free to stay or flee the country, the source continued.

Libya has undergone chaos, separation and violence in the ten years following the uprising. In extension to Muammar Gaddafi, 3 of his sons were also killed by protestors.

A ceasefire in 2020 closed factional combat and paved the way for reconciliation talks and the establishment of a transitional government in March. Polls are scheduled for December.

A reliable source told that Saadi Gaddafi’s freedom stems from negotiations concerning senior stampede and Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh.

A different source told the agency that the negotiations were also involved with former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha.

In July, the New York Times described that he had interviewed Saadi’s brother, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who had been held in the city of Zintan for years as his supporters indicated he would run in the upcoming presidential election.