Lawyers: Gadhafi Son Beaten in Prison
Saif al-Islam in 'legal black hole,' they say
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2012 4:28 AM CDT
Saif al-Islam Gadhafi waits before a press conference in Tripoli last year.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Hamza Turkia)

(Newser) – Lawyers for Moammar's Gadhafi's imprisoned son, Saif al-Islam, say he is being beaten in a Libyan prison, where he is held in near total isolation. Though Libyan prosecutors initially said he would only be tried for minor crimes involving a camel license and fish farming problems, he is being kept in a "legal black hole," and deprived of his rights, said defense counsel with the International Criminal Court.

The ICC and Libya are battling over who should try Gadhafi, reports the BBC. The ICC is insisting he be turned over to the The Hague for a war crimes trial. But instead he's languishing in a Libyan prison, say his attorneys, because officials want to build a special court to try him on Libyan soil.

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T-MAN
Apr 7, 2012 2:49 AM CDT
I guess what goes around ,comes around.
slammer
Apr 6, 2012 10:28 PM CDT
DAMN THEY HAVE GONE SOFT! HE SHOULD BE DEAD BY NOW!
793tango
Apr 6, 2012 7:58 PM CDT
Now he knows what it was like for the thousands of people his dad jailed during his misbegotten reign of error.