Africa

Libya ex-PM al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi on trial in Tripoli

  • 10 December 2012
  • From the section Africa
Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi on trial in Tripoli, 10 December 2012
Image caption Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi appeared in a caged section of a courtroom in Tripoli

Libya's former Prime Minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi has gone on trial in Tripoli charged with "acts that led to the unjust killing of Libyans".

Mr Mahmoudi and two others are also accused of funnelling about $25m ($16m) of public money through Tunisia to help forces supporting Col Gaddafi.

Mr Mahmoudi fled to neighbouring Tunisia during last year's uprising against Libya's then-leader, but was extradited in June.

He has denied wrongdoing.

He appeared in court on Monday in traditional Libyan dress, speaking only once, to confirm his identity.

His two co-defendants were managers of a company overseen by one of Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent sons, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

They are accused of channelling public funds through private accounts in Tunisia to help pay for support to pro-Gaddafi forces.

Mr Mahmoudi's defence lawyer also submitted a list of six witnesses, some of whom are currently in jail and awaiting trial.

The trial is due to resume in mid-January.

Human rights groups had urged Tunisia not to extradite him, saying he could be subject to human rights violations in Libya.

Libya's new government has pledged to treat all detainees fairly.

Mr Mahmoudi served as prime minister from March 2006. He fled Libya when pro-Gaddafi forces lost control of Tripoli.

He is one of four senior officials from the former government being prosecuted in Libya.