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Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son to death

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 01:33

Tripoli court sentences Saif al Islam Gaddafi and eight others to death by firing squad. Sean Carberry reports.

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STORY: During the 2011 Libyan revolution, Saif al Islam Gaddafi avoided his father's bloody fate. But, if the verdict of a Libyan court stands, he'll soon be put to death. Nearly four years after the collapse of the Muammar Gaddafi regime, a judge sentenced his high profile son and eight other regime heavyweights to death by firing squad for war crimes and other offenses. While most of the defendants sat in court as they learned their fate, Saif watched via video feed from Zintan in western Libya. Saif was captured in Libya's southern desert in November 2011, about a month after his father was caught and killed. Rebels flew him to Zintan and held him there out of fear officials in Tripoli would not prevent his escape. During the 2011 revolution in Libya, Saif regularly delivered defiant statements claiming the regime would endure. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAIF AL-ISLAM GADDAFI SAYING: "You are going to lose, we will win. And we are not afraid of the American fleet, NATO France, Europeans. This is our country, we live here, we die here." Human Rights Watch, the International Criminal Court, and Gaddafi's lawyer, John Jones, were quick to decry the trial as legally flawed and politically motivated. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAIF AL-ISLAM GADDAFI'S LAWYER, JOHN JONES, SAYING: "It's not a judicial process in my view, it's judicially sanctioned execution at gunpoint." Jones says Gaddafi should be tried at the ICC, though he's not sure Gaddafi could get a fair trial there, either.

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Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son to death

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 01:33