Libya sets trial date for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

  • Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, is due to go on trial in Libya in September, a Libyan prosecution spokesman has said.

    Saif al-Islam, 40, will face trial in the town of Zintan, where he has been in custody since his capture last November.

    The International Criminal Court, which has issued a warrant for crimes against humanity, stated it was aware of the development but has not been contacted by Libya.

    Saif al-Islam is seeking to be tried at the ICC in The Hague.

    His lawyers quoted him as saying earlier this month: "I am not afraid to die but if you execute me after such a trial [in Libya] you should just call it murder and be done with it."

    There are fears that he could face the death penalty if found guilty in Libya.