Gaddafi’s Son Trial: Location to be Determined

Vanessa Estime

For his involvement in persecuting and killing protestors during the Libyan Revolution in 2011, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will be tried. The problem: no one knows where just yet.

The country of Libya and the International Criminal Court, a tribunal located in The Hague, Netherlands that prosecutes persons responsible for war crimes and crimes against peace and humanity cannot come to an agreement where the trial should be held.

The notable son of Muammar Gaddafi, leader of Libya until he was ousted and eventually killed last August, was arrested on November 19, 2011 after an arrest warrant was put out for him in June by the ICC.

Reuters reported that “depending on the outcome, Gaddafi’s most prominent son could either face the death penalty in his home country, or the prospect of awaiting trial in a comfortable detention centre known as ‘The Hague Hilton’ in the Netherlands, with no risk of capital punishment.”

Despite allegations, made by its minister of justice, that Libya had claimed Saif-al Islam for proceedings, there has still been no decision made as to where he will be tried.