A court in Tripoli has indited 30 aides of the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, including his son Saif-al-Islam, on multiple charges related to offences allegedly carried out during the 2011 Libyan uprising.
The charges against the defendants include murder, incitement to rape, embezzlement of public funds and kidnapping.
The decision by the International Criminal Court to allow the trial to go ahead in Libya has been well received in Tripoli.
Spokesperson for the prosecutors office al Seddick al-Sur said : “The decision of the ICC legitimises Libyan justice, this is the first time the ICC has given up its competence for the benefit of a national judiciary.”
As the former Gaddafi officials appeared in court. Libya marked the second anniversary of the revolution that removed him from power.
The jubilation that greeted his fall has long gone as the country slips further into anarchy without a functional police force or army.
Armed conflict between rival militia and state troops risk catapulting Libya back into a state of civil strife.
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