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Qaddafi Son’s Lawyer Seeks ICC Ruling on Trial in Libya or Hague

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June 18 (Bloomberg) -- A lawyer for a son of deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi asked the International Criminal Court for “an urgent ruling” on a Libyan government appeal to try Saif al-Islam Qaddafi in Libya instead of the Hague.

Saif al-Islam’s attorney filed his request with the ICC’s appeals chamber today, Fadi Al Abdallah, an ICC spokesman, said by telephone. Libya asked the ICC June 7 to suspend its decision to try Saif al-Islam in the Hague. Abdallah didn’t specify a deadline for the ruling.

Libya has said it will offer guarantees for a fair trial. The ICC wants to try Saif al-Islam for alleged crimes against humanity committed during the 2011 uprising which led to the capture of Qaddafi in October of the same year.

Libya’s General Prosecutor’s office said Saif al-Islam, who is being held in Libya, will be tried along with several other Qaddafi-era officials in August, the state-owned Libyan News Agency reported yesterday.

They face alleged crimes of indiscriminate killing of Libyans, inciting rape and drug dealing, LANA said.

The Associated Press reported earlier that Saif al-Islam’s lawyer filed a request for appeals judges to reject Libya’s request to allow a trial in Libya.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mariam Sami in Cairo at msami2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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