By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 1 November 2015:
The trial of Saadi Qaddafi accused or ordering the murder of ordering the murder Ittihad . . .[restrict]Tripoli football team coach Bashir Al-Rayani in March 2006 was again adjourned today, for the fourth time, when the court reconvened.
It was again postponed at the request of Saadi’s lawyer. He requested the last postponement, when the court met on 13 September, so that he could further study the case.
Saadi denies the accusation.
The trial is adjourned to 6 December.
Saadi has been centre of allegations of torture at Hadba prison where the trial is taking place. Following the release of video appearing to show guards ill treating him and other prisoners, Human Rights Watch (HRW) last week said that in an interview with him at the prison, he had reported that he had been held in solitary confinement and “terrorized” but would not go into details. He also said that the legal process in his case had been violated.
The violations are said to include a lack of private access to lawyers and being prevented by the court from calling or questioning witnesses.
In its statement, HWR quotes former deputy defence minister and Libyan Islamic Fighting Group commander Khaled Sharif, who controls Hadba prison, saying that its director at the time of the alleged torture had been suspended.
Saadi also faces charges of illegally detaining people, illegal consumption of alcohol and financial corruption. [/restrict] [/restrict]