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Lawyer for Gaddafi son accuses Libya of defying ICC

Publish date: 21 June 2013
Issue Number: 3300
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: Criminal

The lawyer for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Libya's deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi, has accused Libyan officials of defying the International Criminal Court (ICC) by announcing that Saif al-Islam's trial would begin in August.

The Jurist reports that John Jones fears that his client will be given the death penalty in Libya, and will not be given the opportunity to appeal. He asked the ICC to reject Libya's request to suspend the order to transfer Saif al-Islam to The Hague and called Libya's announcement that the trial will begin in August a 'blatant disregard for these obligations'. Saif al-Islam is accused of crimes against the state for transferring information related to Libya's national security to an ICC delegation, insulting Libya's new flag and attempting to escape from prison. Full Jurist report