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FACTDROP: Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will not get fair trial, says lawyer


Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will not get fair trial, says lawyer

Both the ICC and Libya want to put Saif al-Islam Gaddafi on trial for crimes under the former regime.

Πηγή: BBC
July 6 2012

Muammar Gaddafi's son will not get a fair trial in Libya, an international lawyer has said, days after she was released from detention in the country.

International Criminal Court lawyer Melinda Taylor said Saif al-Islam's right to a fair trial had been "irrevocably prejudiced".

Ms Taylor was held for four weeks in Libya on suspicion of spying as she visited the son of Libya's ex-ruler.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been indicted by the ICC for crimes against humanity.

But Libya is insisting he should be tried at home.

On Friday, Ms Taylor said that her actions in Libya were "consistent with my legal obligations" under ICC rules.

"Irrespective of any issues concerning my own personal conduct, the rights of my client, Mr Saif al-Islam, were irrevocably prejudiced during my visit," she said.

This was the first time the Australian lawyer has spoken publicly following her release on Monday.

Ms Taylor and three other ICC staff had been accused of spying while visiting Saif al-Islam in the town of Zintan.

They are still scheduled to appear before a court in Tripoli on 23 July for a final ruling on their case, a senior member of the Libyan attorney-general's office told the BBC.

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