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Libya Sentences Gadhafi Son to Death   07/28 06:23

   TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A court in Libya's capital convicted a son of Moammar 
Gadhafi of murder and inciting genocide during the country's 2011 uprising on 
Tuesday, sentencing him to death in absentia.

   The Tripoli court that sentenced Seif al-Islam, who is being held by a 
militia that refuses to hand him over to the central government, also sentenced 
to death eight others, including former Libyan spy chief Abdullah al-Senoussi, 
who is in government custody.

   It was unclear whether the sentences in the mass trial of 38 Gadhafi-era 
figures, only 29 of whom were present, would be carried out. Six others were 
sentenced to life in prison and four were cleared of charges.

   Libya has slid into chaos since the overthrow and killing of Gadhafi. It is 
now bitterly divided between an elected parliament and government cornered in 
the country's east, with little power on the ground, and an Islamist 
militia-backed government in the west that has seized Tripoli.

   Since the end of the civil war, Seif al-Islam has been held by a militia in 
Zintan, which is allied with the Tobruk-based internationally recognized 
government against the Tripoli one. He is also wanted by the International 
Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity.

   During the trial, Seif al-Islam was accused of recruiting mercenaries who 
were given Libyan nationality, planning and carrying out attacks on civilian 
targets from the air, forming armed groups and shooting into crowds of 
demonstrators. Among the charges he was convicted of were incitement of murder 
and rape.

   Hundreds of militias in Libya are battling for power and turf in a lawless 
environment has allowed human traffickers and kidnappers to flourish.

   The U.N. envoy for Libya, meanwhile, has urged the Islamist-led government 
in Tripoli to sign a peace deal that would establish a unity government. 
Members of the Tobruk government and regional leaders signed the unity accord 
in Morocco on July 11.

   Also sentenced to death were foreign intelligence chief Abu-Zeid 
Omar-Dawarda and Gadhafi's former Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi.


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