Libyan military prosecutors ask to stop the candidacy of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Haftar

In a letter to the High National Elections Commission, the Public Prosecutor at the Libyan Military Prosecutor’s Office demanded that the procedures for the candidacy of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and retired Major General Khalifa Haftar for the presidential elections be halted until they complete the investigation into a number of cases.

The letter included a number of facts that are being investigated, in which accusations were brought against the two men related to the killing of citizens and migrants in Tripoli.

Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi – son of the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi – submitted his official candidacy file for the presidential elections in Libya after personally attending the headquarters of the Electoral Commission in the city of Sabha.

On September 22, Haftar officially suspended his military duties, in preparation for a likely candidacy for the presidential elections, but he has not yet submitted his candidacy.

Abu Bakr Marda – a member of the Board of Directors of the High National Elections Commission – confirmed to Al Jazeera that the file of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, 49, is under examination by the commission, in order to ensure that he meets all legal requirements.

It is noteworthy that Saif al-Islam was arrested in the city of Zintan after the overthrow of his father’s regime in 2011, before he was released in 2017 based on the general amnesty law issued by the House of Representatives at the time.


Libyan media quoted Fadi Al-Abdullah, spokesman for the International Criminal Court, as saying that the court does not comment on any political matter, but the legal status of Gaddafi’s son before the court has not changed.

Al-Abdullah added that Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi has been issued an arrest warrant since 2011 and is still in force until now.

Despite the declared support of most Libyan factions and foreign powers for the elections scheduled for December 24; Doubts remain surrounding the elections, amid disagreements between rival entities over the rules and timetable.

It was agreed – at an expanded conference held in Paris on Friday – to impose sanctions on any party that disrupts the elections or prevents them from taking place, but the rules eligible for nomination have not yet been agreed upon.

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