Libya to try Gaddafi's son, defying ICC

2012-08-21 14:02  Tripoli - A Libyan judicial official says Libya will put deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son on trial, defying the International Criminal Court.

Ahmed al-Jehani, Libya's representative to the Hague court, said the trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will begin next month. One possible venue is Zintan, a town in the western mountains, where he is being held.

Since Saif al-Islam Gadhafi was captured last year, Libya and the ICC have been arguing over who would try him. He was considered his father's political heir. The ICC issued an arrest warrant and demanded to try him on war crimes.

A Zintan militia has been holding Gaddafi. Local spokesperson Khaled al-Zintani said on Monday a government delegation inspected the town before a decision is made on whether to try him there.