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Libya Says Trial of Gadhafi's Son to Begin in September

FILE - Seif al-Islam Gadhafi in 2011FILE - Seif al-Islam Gadhafi in 2011
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FILE - Seif al-Islam Gadhafi in 2011
FILE - Seif al-Islam Gadhafi in 2011
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Libya's top prosecutor says the trial of slain Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's son, who is charged with murder linked to the country's 2011 civil war, will open in mid-September.

Prosecutor Abdel-Qader Radwan told reporters Tuesday that proceedings against defendant Seif al-Islam Gadhafi and 29 other defendants linked to the former regime will begin September 19 in Tripoli.

Moammar Gadhafi's former intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senoussi, and Baghdadi al-Mahmudi -- Gadhafi's last prime minister -- also are among those facing charges, which range from murder and the formation of armed gangs to inciting rape and kidnappings.

Seif al-Islam Gadhafi was captured in late 2011 near the border with Niger, just weeks after his father was killed by a frenzied mob while trying to flee his hometown of Sirte.

Since then, the 40-year-old son has been held by a brigade of former rebel fighters about 200 kilometers southwest of the capital.

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