No death penalty for Muammar Gaddafi’s son as he is released from custody

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam has been released from custody after his death sentence was quashed, British media outlet The Guardian reports.

The Guardian reports al-Islam’s lawyer to say that he would petition the International Criminal Court (ICC) to drop the charges against his client, which would allow him travel abroad without facing arrest.

Al-Islam, 44, is the most prominent of Gaddafi’s eight children. He was sentenced to death by a Tripoli court in July 2015 in a mass trial of former regime officials.

Khan is reported to say that the sentence had been quashed by Libya’s new UN-backed government this year, and Saif was now at an undisclosed location after being released from house arrest in the mountain town of Zintan where he had been held for five years.

Al-Islam was reportedly freed on 12 April but no official announcement was made to the public from the central government.

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