Gaddafi’s Influential Son Saif Al Islam Is Freed After More Than A Decade In Detention – ProTimely

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The captors of Saif al-Islam (above in 2015), son and one-time heir apparent of Libya’s late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, say they have released him after more than five years in detention.

The captors of Saif al-Islam, son and one-time heir apparent of Libya’s late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, say they have released him after more than five years in detention.

A statement by the captors, the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion, said Saif al-Islam was released on Friday, but gave no details on his whereabouts.

Battalion officials at Zintan, a town south of the capital Tripoli, confirmed his release.

Again, they declined to give further details.

Gaddafi’s son was captured by the battalion’s fighters late in 2011, the year when a popular uprising toppled Gaddafi after more than 40 years in power.

He was later killed.

The uprising later became a civil war in which Saif al-Islam led Gaddafi’s loyalist forces against the rebels.

Saif al-Islam, whose name means sword of Islam, was arrested by an armed group and held in their northern hilltop stronghold of Zintan southwest of Tripoli.

Since then he has been in a legal tug-of-war between the International Criminal Court and the Libyan authorities.

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Yohannes Torres

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