Entertainment Libya: Saïf Al-Islam Gaddafi lawyers prevented from access to the Sebha

01:55  01 december  2021
01:55  01 december  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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New incidents took place on Monday, November 29 in the Sebha Tribunal, in the south of the country. For several days, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former leader, tries without success to appeal to the rejection of his candidacy for the presidential planned on December 24th. The Libyan Interim Government, such as the United Nations, express their concern.

Armed men block access to the Tribunal of the City of Sebha, more than 600 km from the Tripoli capital, according to images broadcast by the local press. These people are presented as belonging to the forces of Khalifa Haftar, the strong man of the East Libyan.

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At the same time, Monday, a few dozen people demonstrated, before that same court, to protest against the work of justice. Among them, supporters of Saif al-Islam, the son of the former Libyan leader, whose lawyers want to appeal the rejection of his candidacy for the Presidential scheduled for 24 December. They have been prevented since last Thursday, the day that followed the announcement of the decision taken by the electoral commission to exclude 25 candidates from the poll, for non-compliance with the provisions of the electoral law.

"Civil War Risks"

In a statement, the Libyan Interim Government considers that these tensions threaten the legitimacy of the judicial institution and "may go back to Sebha in the civil war."

The United Nations Mission in Libya evokes "intimidation" and "threats" to judges, which directly hinder the electoral process.

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