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Aisha Gaddafi 'wants to help brother Saif by handing information about welfare to ICC'

Tripoli , Wed, 01 Feb 2012 ANI

Tripoli, Feb 1 (ANI): The daughter of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Aisha Gaddafi, has asked to be able to make representations to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to help her brother Saif al-Islam.


She wants to intervene in proceedings against her brother to hand information to the court about the welfare of Saif al-Islam, who has also been indicted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity.


A document submitted to the ICC for Aisha Gaddafi suggested that the Libyan authorities were unwilling to let any foreign lawyer act for Saif al-Islam, The Telegraph reports.


"Aisha Gaddafi wishes to protect the interests of her brother," the document stated.


According to the paper, Aisha asked the court to be able to give information to the ICC about attempts she has made to contact Saif al-Islam.


The document showed telephone interviews with Libya's deputy prosecutor, which was signed by her lawyer Nicholas Kaufman.


"From these telephone conversations, it may be inferred that the Libyan authorities who purport to be investigating and prosecuting Saif al-Islam Gaddafi refuse to deal with international legal counsel," Kaufman said in the document.


Meanwhile, supporters of Saif al-Islam, who was captured in the Sahara desert in November last year, say they doubt he will be given a fair trial in Libya, and insist he should be tried by the ICC in The Hague


If a Libyan court finds him guilty, Saif al-Islam would face the death penalty, while if the court in The Hague convicts him, the maximum punishment would be a prison term. (ANI)


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