Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam is sentenced to death alongside eight henchmen for war crimes in Libya

The son of Libya’s former dictator Colonel Gaddafi has been sentenced to death in absentia after he was found guilty of committing war crimes in the Libyan Civil War.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is currently being held by a former rebel group in the Libyan town of Zintan after he attempted to cross the desert into neighbouring Niger.

He spoke to the court via a video link after his captors refused to allow him to leave Zintan and attend the trial in Tripoli.

Gaddafi and eight other associates were sentenced to death by firing squad after being found guilty of ordering the brutal suppression of demonstrations during the bloody uprising.

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