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    The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) has confirmed that Saif Islam, son of the country's long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, remains in custody, the GNA statement said Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, France24 broadcaster, citing Gaddafi son's attorney, reported that he was released from a prison in Libya in line with the amnesty issued by the Tobruk-based Council of Deputies. On Friday, authorities of the Libyan western city of Zintan refuted media reports, claiming that Islam was behind bars.

    GNA stressed in a statement that Saif Islam had been considered guilty of perpetrating the crimes against humanity, and these crimes could not be a subject to amnesty. GNA also expressed dissatisfaction with the rumors on Islam's release and called these statements "irresponsible."

    In July 2015, a court in the capital Tripoli in absentia found Saif Islam Gaddafi guilty of committing war crimes during the 2011 unrest and sentenced him and a number of then-high-ranking Libyan officials to death by firing squad.

    In December 2015, Libya’s two rival governments — the internationally-recognized Council of Deputies in Tobruk and the Islamist-dominated General National Congress in Tripoli — agreed to create a Government of National Accord and end the political struggle.


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