Charge d’affaires of the Libyan Attorney General Ibrahim Masoud Ali said the public prosecutor’s office has started an investigation into those involved in the release of imprisoned Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi.
“Based on the information regarding the release of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who has been sentenced in absentia, he is wanted under the court order, so that he will be tried in accordance with the requirements of a fair trial,” Ali said in a statement.
“The amnesty he needs to be released required a legal waiver from the families of the victims. Moreover, the suspect is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity,” the statement added.
Ali said the public prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into Gaddafi’s release, adding that “legal procedures, investigations and trial will include all those found to be involved in obstructing the implementation of the judicial rulings.”
Saif al-Islam, 45, had been held captive since 2011 by a militia group in Zintan, a town located to the southwest of the capital Tripoli.
He was accused of incitement to violence and murdering protesters during the 2011 unrest that toppled his father’s regime. Muammar Gaddafi was killed after he was captured by rebel fighters in 2011.
A court in Tripoli sentenced Saif al-Islam, who was once widely considered as his father’s heir before the political turmoil, to death along with some other officials of the former regime in 2015.
However, the eastern-based parliament granted him amnesty shortly after the sentence.