Sa'adi Gaddafi

Libya: former president Gaddafi’s son released from prison

Sa’adi Gaddafi, the third son of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been released from jail in the capital Tripoli, where he had been held since 2014.

He was commander of Libya’s Special Forces but was also famous for attempting a career as a professional footballer in Italy.

After the overthrow and death in 2011 of his father Muammar Gaddafi, he fled to Niger but was extradited back to Libya where he was found not guilty of a series of crimes including murder.

Shortly after his release, Mr Gaddafi boarded a private jet and flew to Istanbul.

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Libya’s Government of National Unity said in a statement that it hoped his release would help national reconciliation.

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