Saif al-Islam Gaddafi skips a pre-trial hearing in Tripoli
The militia holding Saif al-Islam, the son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, blocked his transfer to the capital Tripoli for a pre-trial hearing on Thursday. The head of the group holding him in the city of Zintan said the security situation did not permit his transfer. The charges in the Libyan capital against Saif al-Islam and 37 other defendants include activities aimed at instigating civil war, incitement to rape and performing acts of arbitrary killings during the uprising that led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. Saif al-Islam did however appear in court in Zintan earlier on Thursday in a separate case involving accusations of trading information threatening Libya's national security. He has also been indicted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges relating to the 2011 uprising which toppled his father.