LIBYA: THE RELEASE OF SAIF AL-ISLAM GADDAFI AND QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS POLITICAL FUTURE


13/06/2017




Adel Tayari -TDO- (TUNISIA) The Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion of the forces of the Tobruk Parliament, led by retired Major General Khalifa Hafer, was announced in Zintan City, west of Libya the release of Saif al-Islam Muammar Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan Colonel, who was shot down by the Libyan revolution in 2011. For the reference Saif al-Islam was arrested in November 2011 and sentenced to death. The battalion, which freed the son of the former Libyan leader, announced that its decision was in compliance with the general amnesty law of the Tobruk parliament loyal to Khalifa Haftar.

Col. Al-Ajmi Al-Atiri, commander of the battalion, said in a statement posted on the social networking website Facebook on Saturday (June 10th) that the location of Saif al-Islam was not revealed, stressing that his location would not be revealed in the future.

The battalion confirmed that Gadhafi’s son had been released since Friday 9 June and that he had left Zintan in the western mountain southwest of the capital Tripoli to an undisclosed destination.

This decision was welcomed by the National Salvation Government of the General National Congress, headed by Khalifa Al-Ghaweel where it confirmed that it welcomes all the procedures that come in accordance with the law and judicial provisions in reference to welcoming the release of Saif al-Islam,  it also affirmed that the amnesty decrees contribute to the consolidation of comprehensive national reconciliation and pointed out that its firm position to be the comprehensive reconciliation between the components of the Libyan social fabric under the supervision of the judiciary and the councils of the tribal elders of Libya.

The municipal and military councils of the city of Zintan loyal to the government of Al-Wifaq, backed by the Security Council and the United Nations and affiliated to the Presidential Council led by Fayez Sarraj they refused to release Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

A joint statement by the municipal and military councils in Zintan published on Facebook that the evacuation of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is "collusion and betrayal of the blood of the martyrs and a stab for the military organization that they claim to belong to."

While nothing is clear about the possible role of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in the next stage, but confirmed news indicates that he left to an area in the south of Libya is under the control of Khalifa Haftar Army, he is also expected to find support from many tribes, especially in the city of Al-Bayda.  Some of those familiar with the Libyan situation point out that Saif al-Islam will become the new leader of the Libyan forces who reject the revolution, which will pull the rug from under General Khalifa Haftar, and according to these experts, the release of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi could be a major blow to General Khalifa Hafer ending his role in Libya , especially that the supporters of Gaddafi still consider General Khalifa Haftar traitor to the late Colonel when it caused the defeat of Libya in the war in Chad in the early eighties of the last century. He then fled to the United States and announced his opposition to the regime of Muammar Gaddafi before returning after the revolution to find support from Egypt led by Abdel Fattah Sisi and the UAE to reproduce the Egyptian scenario in Libya but he failed in his quest despite the considerable financial and military support he has received to the extent of supporting the troops and aircraft from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

For all this, the release of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi may be a trap aimed at ousting General Khalifa Khafr because of his failure to achieve the objectives of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates in Libya.


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