A Libyan appeals court has found Saadi Gaddafi, one of the sons of the country’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi, not guilty in the case of the murder of a footballer prior to Libya’s 2011 uprising, according to the Libyan Justice Ministry, APA reports quoting Sputnik.
On Tuesday, the north Tripoli court cleared Gaddafi of charges related to the murder of former Libyan star football player and coach Bashir Rayani, the ministry said in a statement.
Rayani disappeared in March 2005 soon after he publicly criticized Saadi. His dead body was later found on the beach in Tripoli near a resort owned by Saadi.
Though found not guilty of "murder, deception, threats, enslavement and defamation" of Rayani, Gaddafi was fined 500 Libyan dinars ($377) and given a suspended one-year prison sentence for drinking and possession of alcohol in the 2006 case.
Gaddafi, who under his father was captain of Libya's national football team, has been held in the capital city of Tripoli since his extradition from Niger in 2014. He fled to Niger during the uprising in Libya in which his father was overthrown and killed.