Libyan court gives death sentence to Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam

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Posted: Jul 28, 2015 5:15 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) - A Libyan court passed a death sentence in absentia on Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, on Tuesday for suppressing peaceful protests during the country's 2011 revolution that ended his father's rule.

The court also handed down in a televised session a death sentence by firing squad to Gaddafi's former spy chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, and his former prime minister, Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi.

The verdict on al-Islam was passed in absentia since he has been held since 2011 by a former rebel group in Zintan region that opposes the Tripoli government, which is not recognized by world powers.

(Reporting by Omar Fahmy; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Hugh Lawson)