37 Gaddafi Era Officials Indicted, Charged For Murder

A Libyan investigative judge on Thursday indicted 37 Muammar Gaddafi-era officials on charges related to attempts to crush a 2011 uprising that eventually toppled the long-serving dictator.

The defendants, including Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, are charged with genocidal murder, incitement to rape, ordering the killing of peaceful protesters and setting up armed militias to kill civilians during the uprising.

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The case is to be heard by the Criminal Court in Tripoli, which has yet to set a date for the beginning of the hearings.

“Now that the case has been referred to the Criminal Court, the defendants’ appearance before the court will be obligatory,” al-Sediq al-Sur, an official at the prosecutor general’s office said.

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Gaddafi was captured and killed by opposition insurgents in October 2011 in his hometown, Sirte.

His son, Saif al-Islam, is being held in the western Libyan city of Zintan, where he is being tried in a separate case.

Libya has resisted pressure from The Hague-based ICC to hand over Gaddafi’s son for trial on charges of crimes against humanity during the uprising.

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The ICC, which issued its arrest warrant for the younger Gaddafi in June 2011, has questioned whether he would receive a fair trial in the North African country.

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