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.

Want to read more?

If you subscribe to a free membership, you can read this article and explore our full archive, dating back to 1997.

Subscribe now

Related articles

article
21 December 2011 by Thijs Bouwknegt

Being the ICC's Chief Prosecutor is a delicate and politically sensitivejob.ForLuisMorenoOcampo it has been "the best job in the world." Fatou Bensouda will be taking over his office in June. She inhe

article
07 December 2011 by Thijs Bouwknegt

December 7, 2011 Ivory Coast is the latest playgroundoftheInternationalCriminal Court. This week the courtroom in The Hague became its theatre of justice. Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo proudly p

article
07 December 2011 by Richard Walker

Four Congolese witnesses testifying at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, find themselves caught in a legal wrangle, which could at once set a legal precedent and make them the last

article
07 December 2011 by Lindy Janssen

Brazil is booming. The economy is expanding and the country is getting ready to host the Football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. But the Latin American giant has not even begun dealing wi

article
07 December 2011 by Radosa Milutinovic

The primary purpose of the retrial of Ramush Haradinaj, as proclaimed by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in its appeal judgement in July, should have been to hear testimonies of two "key" witnesses who proved unwilling to testify in the original trial in 2007. Almost four months into the retrial which started in mid-August, its stated aim has not yet been achieved.