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Gaddafi son's trial to be delayed by five months

  • The trial of Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam is to be delayed by five months in order to include testimony obtained through the interrogation of Libya's former spy chief who was arrested last week.

    Saif al-Islam's trial on charges of war crimes was due to begin in September.

    It is the most high-profile prosecution of a figure from his late father's inner circle.

    However, the arrest on Wednesday of Abdullah al-Senussi, a former spy chief, has postponed a trial already deemed by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as unfair.

    "We were ready to try Saif al-Islam this month but after bringing back Senussi to Libya, new information will come to light which will delay the trial for at least five months," said Milad al-Zintani, a lawyer at the prosecutor general's office.

    Senussi was extradited to Libya by Mauritanian authorities earlier this week after being detained in the west African country in March.

    The new government is keen to try Gaddafi's family members and loyalists in Libya but human rights activists worry legal proceedings for both Senussi and Saif al-Islam will not meet international standards.