Authorities in Libya have released Saadi Gaddafi, a son of the former leader Muammar Gaddafi who was ousted and killed during a 2011 uprising. Prime Minister-designate Abdul Hamid Dbeibah said in a tweet early on Monday that Gaddafi, 48, had been released in compliance with a previous court order.
Libya has suffered chaos, division and violence in the decade since the uprising. The Government of National Unity was installed in March as part of a peace push that was also meant to include elections planned for December. According to Libya news, Saadi Gaddafi’s release resulted from negotiations that included senior tribal figures and Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh. Another source said the negotiations also involved former interior minister Fathi Bashagha.
In 2018, the Justice Ministry said Saadi had been found not guilty of “murder, deception, threats, enslavement and defamation of the former player Bashir Rayani”. Saadi, now 48, was known for his playboy lifestyle during his father’s dictatorship. The former professional footballer had been held in a Tripoli prison, accused of crimes committed against protesters in 2011 and of the 2005 killing of Libyan football coach Bashir al-Rayani.