Saif Gaddafi 'hopes' for Libyan trial
12 April 2012, 06:27
The Hague - Saif al-Islam, son of slain Libyan
leader Muammar Gaddafi, told International Criminal Court officials he
hoped to be tried in Libya but they doubted his statement, a report
published on Wednesday said.
Saif, 39, who is wanted by the
Hague-based ICC for crimes against humanity in trying to put down the
bloody revolt against Gaddafi last year, made the statement during a
meeting with the officials in Libya last month.
"I hope I can be
tried here in my country, whether they will execute me or not," he told
two ICC officials, according to the report for judges from the court's
registry dated 05 March and made public on Wednesday.
report - which also backed up claims that Saif had been mistreated -
said it appeared he "was playing the part for the benefit of the
[Libyan] prosecutor", whose representative was present in the hour-long
The tense 03 March meeting happened in Zintan, a town
about 180km southwest of Tripoli, where Gaddafi’s eldest son has been
held in custody since his capture by then Libyan rebel forces fighting
to overthrow his father.
"It is important to note that for the
registry representative, it was clear that [Saif] was not able to reply
to the questions in the presence of the Libyan prosecution
representative," the report said.
The only chance the registry
official had to speak with Saif directly was when the Libyan prosecution
official went outside for about five minutes and and Saif was asked
whether he had been mistreated.
"His attitude changed from
relaxed to intense and without saying a word he waved the hand where two
fingers were missing and pointed to a missing tooth in the upper front"
of his mouth, the report said.
The ICC issued a warrant for
Saif's arrest and transfer to The Hague for trial, but so far Tripoli's
new authorities have resisted, insisting he would get a fair hearing if
put in a Libyan dock.
ICC defence official Xavier-Jean Keita has
alleged that Saif had been assaulted since his arrest on November 19
last year in south-western Libya.
Libyan authorities said Saif
would be kept at a prison at Tajoura, about 22km outside Tripoli after
his transfer to the capital, but added construction would only be
finished in the next two months, the report added.