The appeal court in Sebha, a city some 650 kilometers south of Tripoli, ruled Thursday the candidacy of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in the presidential election on December 24 valid.
According to local media, citing judicial sources, the former Libyan leader’s son appealed earlier today to this court against the Election Authority’s decision to reject his candidacy for non-compliance with the provisions. of the law.
Saif al-Islam Gadhafi (49), who was sentenced to death in 2015 before receiving an amnesty, applied in mid-November.
The court ruling comes after a series of incidents that for several days had prevented Gaddafi from appealing the rejection of his presidential candidacy.
Armed men blocked access to the court for a week, causing “great concern” within the interim government.
These armed men finally withdrew from the perimeter of the court on Thursday, allowing the three magistrates and the lawyer for Saif al-Islam to enter the building.
On Tuesday, the judicial commission responsible for examining his appeal announced the postponement sine die of its conclusions, because of these incidents.
The day before, several dozen people had demonstrated in Sebha in a climate of tension to denounce this “attack on the work of justice”.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (Manul), for its part, declared “to follow with great concern the closure of the Sebha Court of Appeal”, where judges were “physically prevented from exercising their functions, directly hampering the electoral process ”.
Among the most prominent presidential candidates are the head of the interim government, Abdelhamid Dbeibah, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, as well as the former interior minister, Fathi Bachagha and the speaker of the House of Representatives Aquila Saleh.
Some 2.4 million Libyans recovered their voter cards, out of a population of seven million, according to the electoral commission.
A ceasefire agreement was reached in October 2020 between rival camps in eastern and western Libya.
A unified and transitional government was formed in the wake under the aegis of the UN, to lead the country to legislative and presidential elections, supposed to bring Libya out of a decade of chaos since the fall of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.