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
Lawyers: Gadhafi Son Beaten in Custody
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.

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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. (Read more Gaddafi stories.)

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