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Libya TV Releases Leaked Video of Gadhafi Son's Court Hearing

May 2, 2013

Libya's television channel Al-Jabal has aired a leaked video showing Sayf al-Islam, the son of fallen Libyan President Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, appearing in court for the first time on charges of jeopardizing the country's national security.

In the trial held in the western town of Zintan, Sayf al-Islam also faced the charges of attempting to escape prison in cahoots with a delegation of the International Criminal Court who visited him in prison in 2012.

In the leaked video, the judge told him he has the right to hire a lawyer or the court will appoint one for him, to which Sayf al- Islam replied that he relies on God's support, according to Al- Jazeera.

The channel showed scenes from the "exclusive footage of the Al- Jabal satellite TV" in which Sayf al-Islam appeared behind bars in court.

Originally published by Al-Jazeera TV, Doha, in Arabic 2100 1 May 13.

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