Libya: Saif seeks trial in The Hague

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The Independent Online

The son of the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, wants to be tried for alleged war crimes in the Netherlands, saying a trial in Libya would be tantamount to murder.

In a filing by defence lawyers at the International Criminal Court in The Hague late on Tuesday, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said: "There will be no justice... if the prosecution is based on evidence from torture. I am not afraid to die but if you execute me after such a trial you should just call it murder." The Hague court and Libyan government are negotiating where Saif's trial will take place for war crimes including murder and torture allegedly committed during the overthrow of his father's regime.