Muammar Gaddafi’s footballer son, Al-Saadi, was released from Al-Hadba Prison in Tripoli, on Sunday and left the country on a private jet to Turkey, via Mitiga Airport, the spokesman for the Government of National Unity (GNU) Mohammed Hammouda, said.
Saadi Gaddafi fled for Niger during the 2011 revolution that toppled his father, but was extradited to Libya in 2014 and has been imprisoned since then in Tripoli.
Hammouda added that Al-Saadi Gaddafi was released based on an acquittal and release order by the Libyan Attorney General, which was issued in 2018, and as part of the GNU efforts to build bridges among Libyans for conclusive national reconciliation.
Al-Saadi Gaddafi arrived in Turkey on a private jet late on Sunday at Istanbul Airport and sources said he would be flying to Egypt for a permanent stay. Egypt is indeed a safe haven for Gaddafi’s relatives and henchmen, especially Gaddafi’s cousin hmed Gaddaf Al-Dam.
Commenting on the release, the Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, said Libya cannot move forward to democracy and the civilian state without respecting laws and judiciary orders, citing the release of the citizen Al-Saadi Gaddafi as per an Attorney Genera’s Office order.