Saif al-Islam Gaddafi Allowed to Run for Libyan Presidency Despite War Crimes Conviction

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Friday, January 7, 2022
Sara Kaufman

The upcoming Libyan presidential election is thought to be a crucial factor in bringing the country political stability and ending its 10-year crisis.  In December 2021, the Tripolis Appeals Court approved Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late dictator Huammar Gadaffi, to run in the upcoming presidential election.[1]  Experts believe that Saif al-Islam may be able to win the support of Libyans that yearn for the stability of his father’s regime before the civil war.  Other Libyans are outraged that Saif al-Islam can run in the election despite his prior conviction for war crimes during the revolution. 

[1]    Matthew Loh, The son of Libyan despot Muammar Saif al-Islam has been OK-ed to run for president, even though he was convicted and sentenced to death for war crimes, Business Insider, December 3, 2021.