Muammar Gaddafi's son freed and ready for 'important role' in Libya

Muammar Gaddafi's son freed and ready for 'important role' in Libya
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, attends a hearing behind bars in a courtroom in Zintan May 25, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo
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LYBIA - The son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been released by the armed group that took him captive in 2011, his lawyer said on Sunday (June 11).

The Abubaker Sadiq brigade, which was holding him in the western town of Zintan, released Saif al-Islam Gaddafi under an amnesty law passed by a parliament based in eastern Libya, lawyer Khaled al-Zaidi said.

Al-Zaidi said Saif al-Islam could play an important part in national reconciliation efforts because he was popular in Libya, and was seen as a "saviour" by several sects.

A Tripoli court had sentenced Saif al-Islam to death in 2015 for war crimes, including killing protesters during the revolution. Despite his release, Saif al-Islam is sought by the International Criminal Court, which says his trial in Libya did not meet international standards.

Saif al-Islam's whereabouts are currently unknown, his lawyer saying it was being withheld for safety reasons.

Previous reports of his release proven to have been false.