authorities in Libya has released Saadi Gaddafi son of the former leader Muammar Gaddafi who was expelled and killed during an uprising in 2011.
Prime minister-designate Abdul Hamid Dbeibah said in an early tweet on Monday that Gaddafi, 48, was released in compliance with a previous court order.
Gaddafi left immediately on a plane to Istanbul, according to an official source quoted by Reuters.
Saadi Gaddafi, who was known for his playboy lifestyle during his father’s dictatorship and for fled as a professional football player for Niger during the NATO-backed uprising.
But he was followed down and extradited to Libya in 2014 and has been sitting ever since in the prison in Tripoli.
During the uprising, three of the dictator’s seven sons were killed and the country has been in chaos sunk, with rival factions die compete for power. AN government of national unit is installed in March as part of a peace pressure that was also intended to record scheduled elections for December.
Gaddafi’s release stemmed from negotiations die include: senior tribal figures and prime minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, de official source said. Another source said the negotiations also concerned former interior minister Fathi Bashagha.
In 2018 the justice ministry said Saadi Gaddafi had been found not guilty of “murder, deceit, threats, slavery and slander of the former player Bashir Rayani”.
In July, the New York Times said it had interviewed Saadi’s brother, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was held for year in the city of Zintan, as his supporters indicate he will run in the presidential elections set for December.
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