Cairo - The trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of deceased
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, on charges of undermining state security, is set
to resume on Thursday in the western city of Zintan.
"This trial is unrelated to the major cases of war
crimes he is facing," Libyan Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani was quoted
The younger Gaddafi has been held since November 2011, when
he was arrested almost a month after his father was captured and killed after
an armed uprising ended his 42-year rule.
Thursday's trial relates to an alleged attempt by Saif
al-Islam to escape with help from a team from the International Criminal Court
In June 2012, Libya detained an ICC team on suspicion of
smuggling documents to the younger Gaddafi while visiting him in prison. The
ICC team members were later released after a protest from the court.
John Jones, a lawyer for Gaddafi, told the Dubai-based
broadcaster Al Arabiya that the trial was unfair and that he had been unable to
meet with his client.
The first session of the trial started in January, but was
postponed until May 2 to give the released ICC delegation time to show up at
It is not clear yet if the team will appear for Thursday's
Libya has resisted pressure from The Hague-based ICC to hand
over Gaddafi for trial on charges of crimes against humanity during the
uprising against his father's rule.
The ICC, which issued its arrest warrant for him in June
2011, has questioned whether he would receive a fair trial in the North African