While rival governments in Libya are locked in civil conflict, commanding most domestic and international attention, trials are moving forward in Tripoli for former high-ranking figures from the regime of Muammar al-Qaddafi. This month, proceedings continued against Saadi al-Qaddafi, and lawyers submitted the final defense for Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi and 36 other Qaddafi-era officials, all of whom face charges of war crimes against the Libyan people during the 2011 uprising. Although the Head of Investigations for the General Prosecutor’s Office, Sadiq al-Sour, insists the trials in Tripoli are “independent and not affected by war,” adding that “the judiciary is completely independent, regardless of the executive authority in the country,” issues surround the judicial proceedings.
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By Tom Westcott, a Libya-based British journalist and writer