Gaddafi son's trial adjourned to May 12

The trial of Saif al-Islam and a number of co-defendants on charges of corruption and war crimes has been adjourned to May 12

The trial of Saif al-Islam and a number of co-defendants on charges of corruption and war crimes has been adjourned to May 12

TRIPOLI – The trial of Saif al-Islam, son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and a number of co-defendants on charges of corruption and war crimes has been adjourned to May 12, judicial sources said Sunday.

According to the sources, the judges adjourned the hearings upon a request from the defense lawyers to give them time to review the witnesses' testimonies in the case.

Sediq al-Sour, who heads the prosecution office's investigation unit, said the postponement came after the court had decided to summon defendants being tried in absentia and hear witness testimonies.

Along with Saif al-Islam, several leading figures of his father's regime are standing trial, including former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi, former premier Baghdadi Mahmudi and former foreign minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi.

Like the past session, which was the first in the trial, Saif al-Islam, appeared via live video feed from his jail in western Libya. He was dressed in the blue prison uniform for the first time.

Six other defendants appeared the same way from their Misrata prison, while others were present at the courtroom.

During the hearing, Saif al-Islam asked the judges to allow his lawyers to attend the trial and review the case's documentation.

Senussi, for his part, asked the court to allow foreign attorneys to represent him.

The 37 defendants are accused of harming the interests of the Libyan people, war crimes, murder, kidnapping, embezzlement and sabotage.

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