- Category: Africa
- Written by Reuters
Slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafiâ€™s son Saif al-Islam cannot get a fair trial in Libya and he claims if he is executed it would be tantamount to murder, his defence lawyers said on Tuesday in a filing to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
"I am not afraid to die but if you execute me after such a trial you should just call it murder and be done with it," Saif al-Islam said, according to his lawyers, referring to a possible trial in Libya, where he is being detained by tribesmen.
An ICC defence lawyer and three other staff were detained by local authorities in Libyaâ€™s western mountain city of Zintan in June after meeting Saif al-Islam, prompting frantic attempts to secure their release.
During that June meeting, Saif al-Islamâ€™s court-appointed lawyer was prevented from taking a sworn statement by an official who had been posing as an illiterate guard, they said.
"The â€˜guardâ€™, who is actually Mr Ahmed Amer - a councillor who speaks several languages - was planted in the room to deliberately trick the delegation," the filing said.
"He came back into the room and [in the presence of the ICC interpreter], started shouting that this statement was very dangerous, violated Libyan national security, and that the Defence could not have it back."
British-educated Saif al-Islam is wanted by the ICC for allegedly ordering terror and killings during the two-week uprising that brought down his father. Libya wants to try Saif al-Islam in its own courts and is resisting attempts to transfer him to The Hague.â€”Reuters