Tripoli: Libyan officials have clearly said that they will seek the death penalty for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, as the slain Libyan dictator’s son demanded a lawyer.
Osama Jueili, head of the military council in Zintan, the town where Saif is being held, said the issue of where he would be imprisoned might not be an issue if the punishment handed down by a court ‘was worse than jail’.
When asked whether he hoped to see his prisoner executed, he said, ‘whatever the law allows’.
Jueili is directly responsible for Saif’s imprisonment and has promised he is being well treated, the Telegraph reports.
He said he would grant the request for a lawyer, and also took Saif to see a Ukrainian doctor for treatment to his injured hand.
Jueili also denied a media report suggesting that Saif had provided the information that led to the capture of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s brother-in-law and right-hand man, Abdullah Senussi, as part of a ‘deal’.
“That is completely untrue,” the paper quoted Jueili, as saying.
Saif is likely to stay in Zintan at least until he has been interrogated by a committee put together by the Libyan attorney-general`s office.
A clear decision over his fate would depend on the formation of a new government, which is due to be announced on Tuesday.