Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi said, via Twitter, on Sunday, that his lawyers left the courtroom after the judges of the Sabha Court of First Instance refrained from holding a hearing on the appeal submitted against the decision of the High Elections Commission that rejected his candidacy.
The session devoted to the appeal submitted by Saif al-Islam against the Commission’s decision to exclude him from candidacy, at the Sebha Court, was postponed due to the incompleteness of the members of the judiciary, after the absence of a judge.
And local media said that the vicinity of the Sabha court witnessed a security alert, as forces affiliated with the Libyan army cordoned off the roads and entrances surrounding the court, in order to secure the court after it was subjected to an armed attack last Thursday, in conjunction with the presentation of the defense team of Gaddafi’s son, against the decision to exclude him from the elections presidency.
On Sunday, the Appeals Court in Sebha was scheduled to decide whether or not Saif al-Islam’s candidacy was legal, according to what was confirmed by a member of his political team, Muhammad al-Qaloushi, who also indicated in a statement to “Al-Arabiya.net” that the 48-hour period for considering the appeal ends today. , considering that Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi’s legal team submitted the appeal since last Thursday, without counting Friday and Saturday, the days off in Libya.
Security alert in front of Sebha Court
Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi’s lawyer submitted a strong legal file to the Sebha Appeal Court, which accepted him, which included all the documents and conditions required for his client’s candidacy, especially with regard to Article 10 of the President’s Election Law, on which the commission relied to reject his candidacy papers.
Article 10 of the President’s Election Law stipulates that the candidate must not be “convicted by a final judgment of a crime or felony involving moral turpitude or dishonesty, be of Libyan nationality and have an educational qualification, not be married to a foreigner, enjoy civil rights, and submit a financial disclosure statement.” .
And in the middle of this month, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi submitted his candidacy for the presidential elections in the branch of the High Electoral Commission in the city of Sebha, after years of political work in secret. By political forces in the western region of Libya affiliated with the “February 17 Revolution” and the armed militias loyal to it.
The decision to exclude Saif al-Islam Gaddafi from the electoral race sparked anger among his supporters and supporters, as some of them tore their electoral cards and burned their electoral cards, in protest against this decision, while others threatened to close the polls in the event of continued exclusion.
After a legal controversy regarding his candidacy, the High Electoral Commission decided to exclude him in principle, because one of the articles of the presidential election law did not apply to him, which stipulates that he should not have been finally convicted of a felony or a crime against honor or trust, by the end of the process of verifying their eligibility based on testimonies The specialized bodies, which are the Attorney General, the head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, and the head of the Passports and Nationality Department.
But Saif al-Islam Gaddafi intervened and sent a message to the Libyans, calling on them to continue receiving electoral cards, despite the decision to exclude him from the presidential race.