Gaddafi lawyer slams Libya over treatment

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Gaddafi lawyer slams Libya over treatment

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Tripoli is still at loggerheads with the International Criminal Court over where Muammar Gaddafi’s son should stand trial.

Saif al-Islam was arrested by Libyan authorities in November after the uprising that swept his father from power.

Now he is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes allegedly committed during that uprising but Libya says he should be tried at home.

Melinda Taylor, Saif al-Islam’s ICC lawyer, was detained for 26 days when she visited him in Libya last month. She says he cannot get a fair hearing there.

“The rights of my client, Mr Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi were irrevocably prejudiced during my visit to Zintan,” said Taylor. “Amongst other things, the Libyan authorities deliberately misled the defence concerning whether the visit with Mr Gaddafi would be monitored. They also seized the documents which were covered by legal professional privilege and ICC protective orders.”

Libya accused Taylor of smuggling illegal documents into the country and only let her and her team go after the ICC issued a carefully-worded apology.