Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to return to Libyan politics

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Less than half a year having been released from Islamist captivity, Saif al-Islam, the man who had once been predicted to succeed his father Muammar Gaddafi at the helm of Libya, is resuming political activities while serving as the only hope for bringing peace to the country, his lawyer Khalid al Zaidi has told Sputnik.

“The current situation in Libya, the absence of any dialogue and the misunderstanding of the real states of affairs require Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to return to politics and try to find a political settlement between the conflicting parties in the country,” Saif al-Islam’s lawyer Khalid al Zaidi told Sputnik Arabic.

“There have been frequent reports that Saif al-Islam had left Libya, but this is not true. He maintains contacts with the country’s leaders, representatives of different tribes, trying to find a political solution to the ongoing crisis and reconcile the opposing parties”, the attorney outlined.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will return to politics to try to find political settlement between the conflicting parties in the country.
According to Khalid al Zaidi, the efforts of the late colonel’s son “favorably differ from the ongoing [peace] talks [between the internationally recognized government in Tripoli and the one based in Tobruk] in Tunisia, where the negotiators are making deals with each other and defending their own interests instead of protecting ordinary Libyans and seeking stability in the country.”

“The ongoing negotiations”, he continued, “are being used to further the plans of foreign countries, which only benefit from the prolonged Libyan crisis. Libyans expect nothing from these talks, which have not yielded any results in seven years.”

“They lead only to suffering, war, destruction and famine”, the attorney underscored, while “Saif al-Islam remains the only hope for the majority of the country’s residents.”

In the lawyer’s opinion, the 45-year-old son of Muammar Gaddafi enjoys the support of the common people and certain armed groups rather than that of dubious political forces.

“All Libyans are now armed to the teeeth, all tribes have solid arsenals in their possession. Saif al-Islam will rely on the striving of ordinary Libyans to fight against terrorism and stabilize the situation in the country. The majority of tribes expect him to start acting,” Khalid al Zaidi emphasized.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will return to politics to try to find political settlement between the conflicting parties in the country.
Saif al-Islam doesn’t stay in one place all the time, “he travels around the country, meeting with different people and tribes”. He refuted claims that Saif al-Islam had escaped to Egypt or elsewhere.

“He has never left and will never leave Libya,” the lawyer concluded.

Fate of Gaddafi Family

The long-standing Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed back in 2011, following the civil unrest in the country, which stemmed from the Arab Spring protests, which in turn were supported by the intervention of a coalition of several western states. Afterwards, reports suggested that some of his family members, who enjoyed wealth and privilege during his time in power, had either fled the country, were killed or face trial.

Six years ago, amid the collapse of the Libyan government, The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague issued an arrest warrant against Saif al-Islam, Gaddafi’s second son, and wanted him to stand trial for the “crimes against humanity” during the 2011 uprising.

In November same year, he was captured by the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq militants in the Libyan western city of Zintan. In June this year, he was released from captivity following a request from the Tobruk-based government in eastern Libya.

Before the revolt, Saif al-Islam, a graduate from London School of Economics, was seen by many as a potential successor to his father. Despite holding no official government position, he was referred to as “de-facto” Prime Minister responsible for public relations and diplomacy.

French President Nicholas Sarkozy, left, Libya’s NTC leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, center, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, gesture during their visit to Benghazi, Libya, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011.

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Muhammad Gaddafi, former head of the Libyan Olympic Committee and chairman of the company which controlled Libya’s mobile phone and satellite communications networks, had reportedly fled to Algeria in 2011 with his mother and sister and later moved to Oman. As well as Hannibal Gaddafi, who controlled Libya’s maritime industry and seaports.

Source: Sputnik