Libya passes decree freeing detained former Gaddafi loyalists

Abu Zaid Dorda served as head of the Gaddafi regime’s intelligence service. He was one of the most prominent figures of the former regime

The head of investigation bureau at the Libyan Attorney General Office in Tripoli  Al-Sediq Al-Sour said a decree has been passed by the Minister of Justice to release several figures from the Moamar Gaddafi regime from prison out of “compassion for their deteriorated health.”

 Al-Sour said Abu Zaid Dorda who was the General Secretary of the People’s Committee of Libya from 7 October 1990 to 29 January 1994, and Libya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1997 to 2003, will be among the releases, denying that Gaddafi’s spy chief Abdullah Senussi would be one of the released.

He added that the law is legal and was passed by the Ministry of Justice as the prisoners selected for the release are in dire need of medical care, more than they are already receiving in prison.

In July 2015, the Tripoli appeals court issued verdicts against 37 members of the Gaddafi regime, ranging from execution, life imprisonment, or five-12 years imprisonment for charges ranging from the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 uprising, hiring mercenaries, supporting the Gaddafi regime, to wasting public funds, and administrative corruption.

Yet, the sentences have not been executed till this day, after most of the convicts have filed appeals before the Supreme Court, which has yet to issue verdicts on their sentences.

“There are contacts with a number of reform and rehabilitation institutions to find out the health and legal status of the detained Gaddafi officials.

“A number of them may be released at the end of the week during the holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The rest will be released at the end of this month,” the source said.

Libya’s late leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled during the 2011 uprising, an armed conflict between his forces and rebels assisted by the West.