Saadi Gaddafi Back In Court For Murder

Saadi Gaddafi Back In Court For Murder

A son of former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, Saadi Gaddafi appeared in a Libyan court on Sunday over the murder of a football coach in 2005 and alleged repression in the uprising that toppled his father.

Saadi, 42, looked solemn as he sat alone in a caged dock of the courtroom located in the same complex as the Al-Hadba prison where he is reportedly being held in Tripoli.

The trial of the former Libya Football Federation head opened in May but has been adjourned several times with the last time on November 1.

Dressed in a prison-issued blue uniform, the one-time playboy and a player who paid his way into Italy’s top football looked straight ahead and showed no emotions as the hearing got underway.

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Gaddafi's third oldest son is accused of murdering a former trainer at Tripoli's Al-Ittihad football club in 2005 and repressing during the 2011 armed uprising.

Saadi reportedly told Human Rights Watch in September that he had been held in solitary confinement and that his rights had been violated during pretrial detention.

The former president was captured and killed by rebels in October, 2011 with three of his seven sons killed in the NATO-backed uprising, the same year.

Meanwhile, earlier on in July, a court had sentenced Saif al-Islam another of Gaddafi’s sons and one-time heir apparent to death for crimes during the uprising.

Saadi's meeting with HRW at Al-Hadba prison came a month after Arabic news website clearnews.com published a video appearing to show prison guards abusing him along with other detainees.

The judge said more time was needed to complete the investigation into the charges leveled against Saadi, and adjourned the trial until February 1.

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