Questions and Answers - Trial of former Libyan officials including Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi and Abdallah al-Senussi

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The trial of 37 former officials accused of crimes perpetrated during the 2011 uprising and subsequent armed conflict begun on 24 March 2014 and is expected to resume on 27 April with Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi and six other defendants appearing via video-link.

Amnesty International believes that the weak state of the national justice system in Libya means that it is impossible to guarantee that former Libyan officials or any other al-Gaddafi loyalists accused of crimes in relation to the 2011 uprising and armed conflict, will receive a fair trial at this time. Amnesty International has specific concerns in the cases against Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi and Abdallah al-Senussi, both charged with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC).