Saif al-Islam Gaddafi: “God is my counsel”

30 April 2014 by IJT

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president, and eight defendants held in Misrata appeared via video link at the Al-Hadba Prison Court of Tripoli on Sunday, along with 24 other defendants who appeared in the same court two weeks ago [IJT-157], reports the Libya Herald. Neither of the two most high-profile defendants, Gaddafi and ex-spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi, had lawyers. 

When asked if he wanted the court to appoint him a counsel, Gaddafi answered: “God is my counsel”. Al-Senussi pleaded to be given an international lawyer. 

The judge read out the list of 38 defendants at the hearing. A number of them were missing at the trial, including Gaddafi’s last prime minister, Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi. Apart from a few technical hitches, the video links worked well. This was a two-way system, so the defendants could also see the proceedings in Tripoli. The hearing was adjourned until 11 May, after the judge ordered lawyers to be found for Gaddafi and al-Senussi.

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