Gaddafi's ex-PM on trial in Libya over mass rape, graft

TRIPOLI Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:37pm IST

Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi (2nd L), who was the last prime minister of Libya's Gaddafi government, arrives at court for the first hearing of his trial at a prison facility in Tripoli November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi (2nd L), who was the last prime minister of Libya's Gaddafi government, arrives at court for the first hearing of his trial at a prison facility in Tripoli November 12, 2012.

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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi's former prime minister went on trial on Monday charged with corruption and ordering mass rape during the war that toppled the Libyan dictator.

Al Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi could face life in jail or execution if convicted. He served as the ousted Libyan leader's prime minister from 2006 until he fled to neighbouring Tunisia in August last year around the time rebel fighters took Tripoli.

Libya's new leaders have been keen to try leading figures from the Gaddafi era inside Libya as a matter of national pride and to show state institutions are up to the job.

But human rights groups have questioned whether former officials can get a fair trial in a country where bitterness over Gaddafi's rule runs deep and the militia groups that helped unseat him have influence.

Under heavy security, Mahmoudi appeared in the caged dock looking healthy and dressed in traditional Libyan clothing. His lawyer was present.

The judge postponed the hearing to December 10 to give the prosecution and defence more time to review documents.

Tunisia extradited Mahmoudi in June, making him the first senior Gaddafi official to be returned for trial under Libya's transitional leadership.

Mahmoudi's lawyer, Mabrouk Khorchid, said in September he had not been allowed to see his client for long periods. He added he had heard the former premier had been held in solitary confinement and had suffered a nervous breakdown after Tunisia's justice minister told him an extradition was imminent.

In September, former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi became the second former Gaddafi official to be extradited to Libya after being captured in Mauritania holding a false passport.

A Libyan judge suspended the trial of senior Gaddafi-era intelligence official Buzeid Dorda in September after his defence lawyer said the proceedings were unconstitutional.

Dorda was arrested in Tripoli and faced charges of killing civilians, providing weapons to kill civilians and conspiring to provoke civil war. (Reporting By Hadeel Al-Shalchi; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Janet Lawrence)

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