The son of the late Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi is to run as a candidate in the country’s presidential elections this year, according to local media reports.
Saif Gaddafi, the second son of Muammar, is in a secure spot in Libya and will soon address the people in a televised speech, his lawyer said.
A Libyan militia said in June 2017 that they had released Mr. Gaddafi’s son, whom they had been holding captive since 2011, when Libya descended into political unrest.
“Saif Islam is now in Libya, in security, and will soon make a television appearance to address the Libyans,” the lawyer said.
The lawyer confirmed that the son of the late Libyan leader would present his candidacy for the presidential post in the election this year.
“The manifesto of Saif Islam is … the project of reforms that lead to a dialogue, national reconciliation and the building of a modern state,” the lawyer said.
In June 2011, shortly before Saif Islam Gaddafi was captured, the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of murder and persecution.
He did not hold an official position in his father’s government, but was considered to have significant influence.
Libya has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011, when Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown.
Ever since, two rival governments have been struggling for control over the country.