Saif al-Islam Gaddafi second son of Libya’s former dictator leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, has been freed from jail under an amnesty law.
Saif Gaddafi was his father’s preferred successor, he had been held by a militia in the town of Zintan for the past six years. Since Gaddafi’s four-decade rule ended in 2011, Libya has struggled to establish basic institutions and rule of law.
Gaddafi was reportedly freed by the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion militia, which controls the area of Zintan, southwest of the capital of Tripoli.
He had been attempting to flee to Niger at the time of his capture. He was sentenced to death in 2015 during a mass trial of former Gaddafi officials in Tripoli.
Saif al-Islam was the most prominent of Gaddafi’s eight children. He studied at the London School of Economics. He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.
There are currently several centers of power in Libya, with the the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and the one in Tobruk toward the east of the country, being the most prominent.