Two sons of Muammar Gaddafi, the former leader of Libya, as well as over 30 officials from the Gaddafi era government will appear Monday in a court in Libya to face charges for various crimes they allegedly committed attempting to put an end to the uprising that eventually ousted longtime ruler Gaddafi from office.
The defendants, all 37 of them, face charges that vary from kidnapping to murder, embezzlement of public monies to abuses during the uprising in 2011 that led to the ouster and eventual killing of former leader Gaddafi.
Saadi and Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Senussi the former chief of intelligence are amongst the 37 on trial.
Saadi, who is the third son of Gaddafi, was extradited by Niger earlier this month. He has sought refuge in the North African country. Saif al-Islam was taken into custody back in November of 2011, when he was arrested by rebels nearly a month after the capture and killing of his father.
Libya has been resisting pressure from the International Criminal Court based in The Hague to hand Saif al-Islam over for crimes during the uprising against humanity.
Human Rights Watch has said that today’s trial raises many concerns related to due process, including the limited access of the defendants to lawyers and to key documents of what the evidence is against them.
The human rights group said that putting officials from the Gaddafi era on trial without giving them guarantees of a fair trial should not leave people satisfied that justice has been done.
The trial is moving forward despite most of the country gripped in violence and the blockading of the production of oil by militia rebels. The interim prime minister of Libya Abdullah al-Thinni announced his resignation on Sunday saying he faced the threats but could not continue to do so, just weeks after being appointed.
Al-Thinni said he resigned due to a cowardly attack on members of his family, which underlined the chaos taking place in Libya and how much it is dominated by militia. Security fears have caused the trial of Gaddafi to be moved to a maximum-security prison in Tripoli.