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Libyan Committee of Defense and National Security objects to release of son of Gaddafi
Last Updated: 2017-06-12 12:29 | Xinhua
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Libya's Committee of Defense and National Security on Sunday called on the Libyan parliament not to release political prisoners before verdicts.

The committee issued a statement after Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late toppled leader Muammar Gaddafi, was freed Saturday after being detained for six years.

"Those who are detaining former regime officials are not entitled to release any of them until after clear verdicts have been issued acquitting them of all charges, in order to safeguard the security of the country," the statement said.

A militia from the city of Zintan which was detaining Gaddafi announced that his release was based on an amnesty law issued by the eastern-based parliament in 2015 that included all Libyans.

"This is an attempt by the House of Representatives and the Committee of Defense and National Security to contribute to the stability of national peace and the preservation of the social fabric," the statement said.

The Zintan military and city councils condemned the release of Gaddafi, describing it as "collusion and betrayal of the sacrifices of the martyrs and a stab to the military establishment."

Gaddafi was arrested in November 2011 by an armed group from Zintan while he was attempting to flee Libya toward Niger. Since then, he was held in a secret prison in the city.

The Tripoli appeals court sentenced the 45-year-old son of Gaddafi to death in July 2015 in absentia after he was convicted of suppressing the 2011 uprising.

Meanwhile, the parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk declared it does not recognize the court's verdicts, claiming the court was "run by militias and an illegitimate government," in reference to the government appointed by the outgoing parliament in Tripoli.

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