Moammar Gadhafi's son appears in Libyan court

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Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 17 at 8:37 AM

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's official news agency says the imprisoned son of slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi has made his first appearance in a local court on charges of harming state security, attempting to escape prison and insulting the nation's new flag.

LANA says Thursday's trial of Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, the ousted leader's longtime heir apparent, was held in the western town of Zintan where he is being held by militiamen. LANA says the trial is linked to his June meeting with an International Criminal Court delegation accused of smuggling documents to him.

The delegation included a lawyer assigned by ICC to represent Seif al-Islam in a separate case in which he is charged with crimes against humanity during 2011 popular uprising against his father's four-decade rule.

The trial was adjourned until May.

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