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Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:5PM
Saif al-Islam is accused of organizing a plan to use “any means necessary” to suppress the Libyan revolution together with his slain father.

Saif al-Islam is accused of organizing a plan to use “any means necessary” to suppress the Libyan revolution together with his slain father.

The son of the slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, is set to go on trial in September in the Libyan city of Zintan, a report says. "A committee from the prosecutor general's office has completed its investigation into the crimes committed by Seif al-Islam from the start of the revolution on February 15 (2011) and has prepared the charge sheet," AFP quoted Taha Nasser Baara, a prosecution spokesman, as saying on Thursday. Baara added that, the charge sheet would be "approved by the prosecutor general in the coming days and a date set for the September trial opening." In June 2011, the International Criminal Court (ICC) charged Saif al-Islam with crimes against humanity over the killing of civilian protesters during mass demonstrations against the regime of his father, who was deposed in August 2011 after 42 years of authoritarian rule. Saif al-Islam is also accused of organizing a plan to use “any means necessary” to suppress the Libyan revolution together with his slain father. Libyan officials have repeatedly asserted, since Saif al-Islam’s arrest in November 2011, that they want him to stand trial at home and not at the ICC in The Hague. In January 2012, Libya's minister of justice Ali Humaida Ashour announced that "the trial [of Saif al-Islam] will be in public and observers will have the right to attend court.” TNP/JR