August 20, 2012
Libya’s newly elected government intends to put Saif al-Islam Gaddafi on trial next month in the mountain town of Zintan, after striking a deal with the independent militia that caught him trying to escape across the desert last November.
The son of the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi will be charged with urging supporters to kill demonstrators and revolutionaries during last year’s uprising, and he faces execution by hanging if he is found guilty.
Previous attempts to bring him to trial had foundered on the insistence by Libya’s transitional government, formed soon after his father was driven from Tripoli a year ago, that he face justice in the capital.
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