Al-Saadi Qaddafi is still in prison, claims Libyan prosecutor

In this file photo, Saadi Qaddafi, son of Muammar Qaddafi, looks on inside a prison in Tripoli on Mar. 6, 2014. (Reuters)
Updated 23 December 2017

Al-Saadi Qaddafi is still in prison, claims Libyan prosecutor

LONDON: The Libyan prosecutor general’s office has allayed the fears of late President Muammar Qaddafi’s family that his son Al-Saadi Qaddafi has “disappeared” from prison in Tripoli, Asharq Al-Awsat reported.
The office said: “He is present, has not left the prison and will be put on trial.”
The Qaddafi family announced last week that they had “lost contact with Al-Saadi some time ago and could not find out where he was, or what his circumstances were.”
The family added: “All we know is that he is being held hostage in a prison run by the militias in the capital.”
However, the head of the investigations department at the Libyan prosecutor general’s office said: “The defendant Al-Saadi Al-Qaddafi is currently being tried for the charges against him according to Libyan law.”
Al-Saadi is Qaddafi’s third son and was a former deputy commander of security units in the old regime. The current authorities accuse him of involvement in suppressing the revolution that overthrew his father’s rule.
Al-Saadi escaped to Niger in 2011 but he was later handed over to the Libyan authorities in 2014.
He has been held in a prison in Tripoli since then whilst his trial has been postponed several times.


Egypt: Iranian nuclear issue should be linked to its regional interference

Updated 16 January 2021

Egypt: Iranian nuclear issue should be linked to its regional interference

  • Cairo’s ambassador to the US calls for cooperation with the new administration on range of issues
  • Zahran: Many opportunities for cooperation between Egypt and the US in various fields under new administration

CAIRO: Egypt believes that the Iranian nuclear issue is not the only problem with regard to Iran and its position in the region, according to Motaz Zahran, Cairo’s ambassador in Washington. Tehran’s interference and its efforts to destroy the assets of Arab countries throughout the region is another issue that must be confronted, he said.
Zahran said in a virtual interview with the National Council for US-Arab Relations that there is an opportunity for cooperation with the new US administration in light of the Iranian interference in various conflicts in the region, whether in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq or Yemen, which led to the deepening of their problems.
“The Iranian nuclear issue should not be dealt with separately from Iranian interference in all regional conflicts, and there are discussions between Egypt and the US regarding Iran, with the Republicans and the Democrats,” he added.
The ambassador said Egypt believes that there should not be any unilateral move on the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. He saw a need for the new US administration to play a constructive role in resolving the dam dispute.
There are, he said, many opportunities for cooperation between Egypt and the US in various fields under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden.
The meeting was moderated by Ed Royce, former US representative, who chaired the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Answering a question on the storming of the Capitol building on Jan. 6, Zahran said it was sad and shocking for Egypt and the whole world, and he linked what happened in America to what Egypt witnessed when some extremist groups — mainly the Muslim Brotherhood — took advantage of large-scale demonstrations and turned them into violent protests.
He pointed out that in both nations there was a widespread national desire for unity among the people which followed the state of chaos. There are some lessons to be learned, the most important of which is that rights and freedoms, in general, are not absolute, but are linked to guaranteeing others’ rights, as well as achieving order, security and public peace.