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Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Libya's House of Representatives on Monday voted to suspend the law barring from office any officials that served under Muammar Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The law was passed [JURIST report] in May 2013 by Libya's General National Congress (GNC) [official website, in Arabic] to ban anyone who … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Libya's Supreme Constitutional Court on Monday refused to accept the appointment of Ahmed Maetig as the country's new prime minister, declaring the nomination unconstitutional. The rejection of the Islamist-led parliament's appointment was not accompanied by any further details or instructions [AP report], and the parliament has said it will … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Wednesday that the case against Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder] may proceed in the ICC and that Libyan authorities must immediately surrender Saif al-Islam to The Hague. Saif al-Islam is being tried on multiple crimes against … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] In a briefing to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] said that Libya faces a deep political crisis and serious security challenges [press release], inhibiting its ability to rebuild itself as a modern democratic state. Bensouda expressed concern … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [JURIST news archive], the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], appeared via videolink at a court in Tripoli on Sunday. Saif al-Islam and 36 other defendants are facing a variety of charges including corruption and war crimes from their … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The Libyan News Agency [agency website] reported on Sunday that the son of Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [JURIST news archive], and other officials have appeared for their trial via video conferencing. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi appeared at his trial [AP report] through video-conferencing because … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Libya on Monday opened the trial of former Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi's [BBC obituary, JURIST news archive] sons, Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam [JURIST news archives], and more than two dozen of his former officials for crimes allegedly committed during the 2011 uprising [JURIST backgrounder]. While … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Saadi Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] was extradited [press release, in Arabic] from Niger back to Libya Thursday to stand trial for crimes allegedly committed during his father's rule. Saadi is the most recent fugitive whom the Libyan government has … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday warned against [press release] recent amendments to Libya's penal code. Law No. 5 of 2014 imposes prison sentences on any individual "undermining the February 17 revolution" and for "publicly insulting one … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday reported [HRW report] that Libya has failed to grant due process rights to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and other detained former government officials. On January 23 HRW interviewed Gaddafi, who revealed that he and the other detainees have been denied access to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] on Thursday urged [statement] the government of Libya to address serious crimes committed in the country and encouraged the international community to end the impunity gap in Libya. Bensouda welcomed gains in Libya's legal system … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] About thirty aides to Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST backgrounder], including his son Seif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], were indicted Thursday by a Libyan court for a list of offenses allegedly committed during the 2011 revolt [JURIST backgrounder] in the country. The charges levied against them … [read more]


Academic Commentary
24 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Fred Kennedy Nkusi of the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali and Mount Kenya University in Rwanda says that the current pressure by the African Union to demonize the ICC as outside control, misses the greater picture and the opportunity for progress ... On October 12, … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Friday that the case against former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is inadmissible before the ICC [press release] and can be heard by domestic courts in Libya. The court found that, because "Al-Senussi is … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the son of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] was charged on Tuesday with murder, relating to the 2011 Libya conflict [JURIST backgrounder], a Libyan prosecutor said. Prosecutors also charged former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

The Libya Conflict developed from long-standing sectarian rivalries in the country, which resulted in an armed clash between autocrat Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's supporters and those seeking to oust him from power. In a bid to end the unrest, Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, gave a televised address in which he announced … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Following international intervention and several months of stalemate, opposition forces seized control of Tripoli, the Libyan capital, and took two of Gaddafi's sons into custody on August 22, 2011. Opposition forces continued to clash with the remaining loyalist forces until October 2011, sparking fierce combat over the last strongholds of … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The lawyer for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the son of Libya's deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday accused Libyan officials [text, PDF] of defying the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] by announcing that Saif al-Islam's trial would begin in … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Senior Libyan Judge Mohammed Naguib was assassinated Sunday by an unidentified gunman outside of the courthouse in Derna. Chairman of the Court of Cassation in Green Mountain province Judge Abdel-Aziz Mustafa al-Trabelsi confirmed [LANA report; in Arabic] that his colleague was killed outright in the drive-by attack. This attack … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] The pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday rejected [decision, PDF] a challenge by the Libyan government to the court's jurisdiction over Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the son of Libya's deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The … [read more]

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