By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 20 June 2017:
The trials of Saadi Qaddafi and Al-Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi were again adjourned today when they reopened at the Tripoli Appeals Court. A new date has been set for both, 11 July.
In the case of Mahmoudi, the reason for the adjournment because his lawyer did not show up. The court also wants more statements from witnesses. Already condemned to death two years ago for war crimes along with Saif Al-Islam, Abdullah Senussi, Abuzeid Dorda, and five other former regime leading figures, Mahmoudi is now facing charges of acts against the 17 February revolution and people’s freedom.
Saadi is still being tried on charges of ordering the murder in March 2006 of Ittihad Tripoli football team coach Bashir Al-Rayani. He denies the accusation. The case first opened in May 2015.
Saadi and Mahmoudi along with Abdullah Senussi and other former regime prisoners were removed from the notorious Hadba prison by Haithem Tajouri after his Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigade captured it from so-called revolutionaries led by former interior minister Khaled Sharif last month. A number of prisoners were freed by Tajouri while Saadi, Senussi, Mahmoudi and others have been transferred to more congenial accommodation.
Reports that an arrest warrant has now been issued by the Attorney General for Sharif has not been confirmed. He is alleged to have fled to Turkey after Tajouri took the prison and then demolished his house.