Gaddafi’s Influential Son Saif Al Islam Is Freed After More Than A Decade In Detention
The captors of Saif al-Islam, son and one-time heir apparent of Libya’s late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, say they have released him after more than five years in detention.
A statement by the captors, the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion, said Saif al-Islam was released on Friday, but gave no details on his whereabouts.
Battalion officials at Zintan, a town south of the capital Tripoli, confirmed his release.
Again, they declined to give further details.
Gaddafi’s son was captured by the battalion’s fighters late in 2011, the year when a popular uprising toppled Gaddafi after more than 40 years in power.
He was later killed.
The uprising later became a civil war in which Saif al-Islam led Gaddafi’s loyalist forces against the rebels.
Saif al-Islam, whose name means sword of Islam, was arrested by an armed group and held in their northern hilltop stronghold of Zintan southwest of Tripoli.
Since then he has been in a legal tug-of-war between the International Criminal Court and the Libyan authorities.