Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Libya’s ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi, made some statements to the British newspaper, The Times. Saif Al-Islam announced that he would like to run for the Libyan Presidential election, which will take place on December 24.
According to the news of The Times, it was stated that Gaddafi had not appeared since he was caught 10 years ago. He reached the newspaper through his advisors. It was noted that Saif Al-Islam will officially announce his candidacy in the near future and that he has been holding talks with some western diplomats to restore his credentials.
Some Libyan officials, reaching after the statements, stated that until the constitutional framework for the elections was determined, the candidacy of Gaddafi was not possible, and he is still on trial for many war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Saif Al-Islam went on trial in 2015 after he was captured by revolutionary forces in 2011. It was stated that he was released in 2017 but was kept under surveillance in Zintan. According to The Times, some Russian diplomats reached out to meet and assist Saif Al-Islam. Accordingly, it is claimed that his candidacy will be supported by Russia.
Furthermore, according to The Times, the Libyan people have begun to question the events after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi and sought a return to the past. It is stated by many that Saif Al-Islam can benefit from such an environment and receive support from a significant part of the public again.
48-year-old Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi completed his education in the UK.