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Libya court tries first Gaddafi ally

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Libya court tries first Gaddafi ally


A Libyan court has begun the first trial of a senior official who served ousted leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

Fomer head of the external security organisation Abu Zayd Dorda has appeared before Tripoli’s Criminal Tribunal, where the judges hearing the case postoned the trial to June 26.

Dorda faces charges of ordering the of killing peaceful protesters during demonstrations on February 17 2011.

The ex-spy chief is only believed to have been in the job since 2009, despite being close to Gaddafi since he seized power in Libya during the 1969 coup.

Dorda was arrested last September in Tripoli.

His case will be a test of the new government’s ability to try such senior figures from the old regime – which could, at a later date, include Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam.

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