Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam ‘freed after death sentence quashed’


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Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam has been released from custody after his death sentence was quashed, his British lawyer has claimed.

Karim Khan QC said he was now petitioning the international criminal court to drop its charges against Saif, which would allow him to travel abroad without facing arrest.

Saif, 44, the most prominent of Gaddafi’s eight children, was sentenced to death by a Tripoli court last July in a mass trial of former regime officials.

Khan said the sentence had been quashed by Libya’s new UN-backed government this year, and Saif was now at an undisclosed location after being released from house arrest in the mountain town of Zintan where he had been held for five years.

“He’s been released from Zintan detention. The release, I’m told, was on 12 April – there was an order from the central government,” said Khan. “He’s in Libya, he’s in good health, he’s safe and he’s well.”

The claim could not be independently verified, and neither the UN-backed government in Tripoli or Zintan authorities has yet commented on the report, while some disputed it.

Atlantic Council analyst Mohammed Eljarh tweeted: “#Zintan sources confirm Saif still in #Zintan and has not been released.”

In practical terms, an amnesty for Saif would not be a decision the government can enforce, with Zintan refusing to recognise its powers and deferring to a rival parliament in Tobruk. Zintan is home to one of the most powerful Libyan militias, and any release would depend on agreement by Zintan leaders.

But, if true, it would mark a remarkable turnaround for a figure pilloried by many in Libya for having supported his father during an eight-month civil war in 2011. After his father was killed in August that year, Saif was captured in the Sahara desert trying to flee to Niger.

During the dictatorship, Saif was the dictator’s heir apparent. He lived in a £10m mansion in London’s Hampstead Garden Suburb and earned a PhD from the London School of Economics.

He enjoyed the high life and was well-connected in British society, with contacts including the billionaire hedge fund investor Nat Rothschild, the Labour peer Peter Mandelson and the architect Norman Foster.

When revolution broke out in Libya in February 2011, Saif returned there to support his father, giving television broadcasts castigating the rebels.

He was charged with crimes against humanity by the ICC in The Hague, but when court officers visited him in Zintan in 2012 they were detained for three weeks by town authorities.

Saif’s Tripoli trial began in 2014 and was fraught because Zintan refused to release him. He addressed court officials by video link. Human rights groups and the UN said there was a lack of due process in the trial. The death sentence was also handed down to Gaddafi’s former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi, who remains in prison.

Libya has yet to publish its reasoning for the reported amnesty. Khan said the ICC must now drop its case because of rules prohibiting a suspect from being tried twice for the same crimes.

“There was a trial, there was a conviction, he was sentenced to death. After that there was an amnesty,” he said. “I’m going to be filing an application that the case is inadmissible at the ICC under article 20 of the statute concerning double jeopardy.”

Khan said Saif had no plans to return to Britain. “He wants to stay in Libya,” he said.

The release claim comes amid a wider amnesty granted to Gaddafi-era prisoners by the UN-backed government to promote reconciliation. That amnesty decision has mushroomed into a crisis after 12 former regime prisoners were murdered and their bodies dumped in Tripoli last month, the day after they were due for release.

The failure to arrest the killers has raised questions about how much control the new government, installed in March, exercises over the capital and its disparate militias.

Fears for the safety of remaining Tripoli detainees after the killings has seen the British lawyers for al-Senussi petition the ICC to change an earlier decision that Libya is a competent place to try him.

“We are deeply concerned by reports of the killing of detainees in Tripoli,” said lawyers Ben Emmerson and Rodney Dixon in a statement. “It is essential that the ICC chief prosecutor call for a full review.”

Since the revolution, the Gaddafi family has scattered across the world. Two of Saif’s brothers, Khamis and Mutassim, were killed in the uprising while brothers Hannibal and Muhammed, sisters Aisha and Hanna and mother Safiya fled to Algeria and later Oman.

In December Hannibal was briefly kidnapped by an armed group in Lebanon wanting information about a Shia Imam who went missing in Libya during the dictatorship.

Another brother Saadi, 43, remains in prison in Tripoli facing war crimes charges, after being extradited from Niger.


Source: Red Pepper
 
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Hii ndio google translate ya hawa wazungu,angalau kiasi flani utaelewa

Mwana Muammar Gaddafi Saif al-Islam imekuwa iliyotolewa kutoka chini ya ulinzi baada ya hukumu yake ya kifo ilikuwa zimishwa, wakili wake wa Uingereza amedai.

Karim Khan QC alisema alikuwa sasa tunapingana kimataifa mahakama ya uhalifu wa kuacha mashtaka yake dhidi ya Saif, ambayo itakuwa kumruhusu kusafiri nje ya nchi bila inakabiliwa na kukamatwa.

Saif, 44, maarufu zaidi kati ya watoto wanane wa Gaddafi, alihukumiwa kifo na Tripoli mahakama mwezi Julai mwaka jana katika kesi wingi wa maafisa wa zamani wa serikali.

Khan alisema hukumu amekuwa quashed na serikali mpya ya Libya Umoja wa Mataifa na kuungwa mkono mwaka huu, na Saif sasa katika eneo undisclosed baada ya kutolewa kutoka kizuizi cha nyumbani katika mji mlima wa Zintan ambako alikuwa uliofanyika kwa miaka mitano.

"Yeye imekuwa iliyotolewa kutoka Zintan kizuizini. kutolewa, mimi nina habari, ilikuwa Aprili 12 - kulikuwa na amri kutoka kwa serikali kuu, "alisema Khan. "Yeye ni katika Libya, yeye ni katika afya njema, yeye ni salama na yeye ni vizuri."

Madai hakuweza kujitegemea kuthibitishwa, na wala serikali na Umoja wa Mataifa na kuungwa mkono katika Tripoli au Zintan mamlaka bado maoni juu ya ripoti, wakati baadhi ya mgogoro yake.

Atlantic Council mchambuzi Mohammed Eljarh tweeted: "vyanzo #Zintan kuthibitisha Saif bado katika #Zintan na haijawahi iliyotolewa."

Katika hali halisi, msamaha kwa Saif bila kuwa na uamuzi wa serikali anaweza kutekeleza, na Zintan kukataa kutambua mamlaka yake na deferring bungeni mpinzani katika Tobruk. Zintan ni nyumbani kwa mmoja wa wanamgambo wa nguvu zaidi ya Libya, na kutolewa yoyote ingekuwa wanategemea mkataba na viongozi wa Zintan.

Lakini, kama ni kweli, basi itakuwa alama ya turnaround ajabu kwa takwimu pilloried na wengi katika Libya kwa kuwa mkono wa baba yake wakati wa miezi nane vita vya wenyewe kwa mwaka 2011. Baada ya baba yake aliuawa mwezi Agosti mwaka huo, Saif alikamatwa katika Sahara jangwa akijaribu kukimbia kwa Niger.

Wakati wa udikteta, Saif alikuwa mrithi dikteta wa dhahiri. Yeye aliishi katika £ 10m nyumba katika London Hampstead Garden Suburb na chuma PhD kutoka Shule ya London ya Uchumi.

Alipata maisha ya juu na ilikuwa vizuri kushikamana katika jamii ya Uingereza, na mawasiliano ikiwa ni pamoja na billionaire ua mfuko mwekezaji Nat Rothschild, Labour rika Peter Mandelson na mbunifu Norman Foster.

Wakati mapinduzi yalizuka katika Libya katika Februari 2011, Saif akarudi huko kwa msaada wa baba yake, kutoa matangazo ya televisheni castigating waasi.

Yeye alishtakiwa kwa uhalifu dhidi ya binadamu na ICC katika Hague, lakini wakati maafisa wa mahakama alitembelea yake katika Zintan mwaka 2012 wao waliwekwa kizuizini kwa muda wa wiki tatu na mamlaka ya mji.

Saif ya Tripoli kesi ilianza mwaka 2014 na alikuwa mkali kwa sababu Zintan alikataa kumwacha huru. Yeye kushughulikiwa maafisa wa mahakama na kiungo video. makundi ya haki za binadamu na Umoja wa Mataifa alisema kulikuwa na ukosefu wa mchakato kutokana katika kesi hiyo. hukumu ya kifo ilikuwa pia kukabidhiwa kwa Gaddafi wa zamani kupeleleza mkuu Abdullah al-Senussi, ambaye bado gerezani.

Libya bado kuchapisha sababu zake kwa msamaha taarifa. Khan alisema ICC ni lazima sasa kuachana na kesi yake kwa sababu ya sheria kuzuia mtuhumiwa kutoka kuwa alijaribu mara mbili kwa uhalifu huo.

"Kulikuwa na kesi, kulikuwa na hatia, alihukumiwa kifo. Baada ya hapo kulikuwa na msamaha, "alisema. "Mimi nina kwenda kuwa kufungua maombi kwamba kesi ni inadmissible katika mahakama ya ICC chini ya kifungu cha 20 cha sheria kwa habari mara mbili hatarini."

Khan alisema Saif alikuwa na mipango ya kurudi Uingereza. "Yeye anataka kukaa katika Libya," alisema.

madai ya kutolewa inakuja huku kukiwa na msamaha pana nafasi ya wafungwa Gaddafi-era na serikali na Umoja wa Mataifa na kuungwa mkono ili kukuza maridhiano. Hiyo msamaha uamuzi kimesambaa katika mgogoro baada ya 12 wafungwa wa zamani katika serikali waliuawa na miili yao kutupwa katika Tripoli mwezi uliopita, siku moja baada ya wao walikuwa kutokana kwa ajili ya kutolewa.

kushindwa kumkamata wauaji yamezua maswali juu ya kiasi gani kudhibiti serikali mpya, imewekwa mwezi Machi, mazoezi juu ya mji mkuu na wanamgambo wa disparate.

Hofu ya usalama wa iliyobaki Tripoli wafungwa baada ya mauaji ameona wanasheria wa Uingereza kwa al-Senussi dua ICC kubadili uamuzi wa awali kwamba Libya ni mahali mahiri wa kumshughulikia.

"Sisi ni wasiwasi na ripoti ya mauaji ya wafungwa katika Tripoli," alisema wanasheria Ben Emmerson na Rodney Dixon katika taarifa yake. "Ni muhimu kwamba mkuu wa ICC mwendesha wito kwa ajili ya mapitio kamili."

Tangu mapinduzi, familia Gaddafi ina waliotawanyika kote duniani. Wawili kati ya ndugu Saif, Khamis na Mutassim, waliuawa katika mapigano wakati kaka Hannibal na Muhammed, dada Aisha na Hanna na mama Safiya walikimbilia Algeria na baadaye Oman.

Mnamo Desemba Hannibal alikuwa ufupi nyara na kikundi cha waasi nchini Lebanon kutaka taarifa kuhusu Imamu Shia ambaye alipotea katika Libya wakati wa udikteta.

Ndugu mwingine Saadi, 43, bado katika gereza katika Tripoli inakabiliwa na uhalifu wa kivita mashtaka, baada ya extradited kutoka Niger.

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Na lugha itakayotoka huko haitokuwa kiswahili tena. Jaribu kufanya hivyo halafu uiweke hapa kama kuna mtu ataielewa!!!!
Ukijiongeza inaeleweka, sio haba. Kwa mfano ile paragrafu ya kwanza na ya pili utacheka sana ila ukijiongeza utaambulia:
"Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam has been released from custody after his death sentence was quashed, his British lawyer has claimed.
Karim Khan QC said he was now petitioning the international criminal court to drop its charges against Saif, which would allow him to travel abroad without facing arrest."
Kama utaipeleka Google Tafsiri itasomeka:
"Mwana Muammar Gaddafi Saif al-Islam imekuwa iliyotolewa kutoka chini ya ulinzi baada ya hukumu yake ya kifo ilikuwa zimishwa, wakili wake wa Uingereza amedai.
Karim Khan QC alisema alikuwa sasa tunapingana kimataifa mahakama ya uhalifu wa kuacha mashtaka yake dhidi ya Saif, ambayo itakuwa kumruhusu kusafiri nje ya nchi bila inakabiliwa na kukamatwa."

Kwenye paragrafu ya kwanza haiakisi maana halisikabisa na wala haijitoshelezi kufasiri kile kilichoandikwa kwa kiingereza. Ila paragrafu ya pili inaeleweka kidogo
 
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