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`Jailed Gaddafi son cannot get fair trial`

Last Updated: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 20:30

Zeenews Bureau

Cairo: Muammar Gaddafi`s captured son and one-time heir apparent, Saif al-Islam, cannot get a fair trial in Libya, an International Criminal Court defence lawyer held in Libya for more than three weeks said to BBC on Friday.

Saif al-Islam, who has been charged with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, was captured in November, 2011 by fighters from the town of Zintan in Libya`s western mountains, one of the key centers of the rebellion against Gaddafi.

Speaking publicly for the first time since her release on Monday, Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor denied any wrongdoing in Libya, where authorities accused her of endangering national security while meeting her client, Saif al-Islam.

"I would like to unequivocally state that I believe that my actions were consistent with my legal obligations" under International Criminal Court rules," she said.

She declined to discuss the Libyan claims in detail due to the court`s investigation and security concerns.

Ms Taylor said she would file a report next week on her detention and visit with Saif al-Islam in a defence submission to ICC judges on Libya`s application to be allowed to prosecute him.

First Published: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 20:30

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