The trial of toppled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's last prime minister, al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, is set to begin in the North African country’s capital city, Tripoli, on Monday.
"Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi will appear tomorrow (Monday) on the occasion of a first case" against him, Libya’s public prosecutor's spokesman Taha Baara said, adding that the former premier faces charges of "prejudicial acts against the security of the state."In September 2011, Mahmoudi fled to Tunisia following the overthrow of Gaddafi, who was killed on October 20 last year. On June 24, 2012, he was extradited to Tripoli, months after being arrested in Tunisia. During a visit to the prison in July, he told reporters that "I am ready to be tried by the Libyan people. I am sure of myself and of my innocence." Mahmoudi served as Libya’ prime minister from 2006 until Gaddafi’s final days in power in 2011 and was loyal to the toppled dictator until the end. Before that, he had held a series of government posts including Libya’s health minister from 1992 to 1997, as well as shorter stints as minister of human resources and minister of infrastructure. Libyans rose up against Gaddafi in February 2011 and deposed him in August 2011. He ruled for more than four decades without a legislature. MR/AS