Libya victims are cheated again

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi seen here in 2011 after his capture in the custody of revolutionary fighters in Zintan. A court in the Libyan capital has sentenced him to death over killings during the country's 2011 uprising. (AP Photo/Ammar El-Darwish, File)
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi seen here in 2011 after his capture in the custody of revolutionary fighters in Zintan. A court in the Libyan capital has sentenced him to death over killings during the country's 2011 uprising. (AP Photo/Ammar El-Darwish, File)

The UK government have shown no enthusiasm for Saif Gaddafi, son of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, to face the international criminal courts.

He knows too much!

His death sentence for killings during the country’s 2011 uprising will come as a great relief to countless duplicitous governments, former ministers ‘in the West’ and people in academic and commercial life who succoured and flirted with the Gaddafi family and regime.

Victims of both Saif Gaddafi and his father (including UK victims in Ireland, Warrington and London Docklands) will feel cheated again.

The UK government, even now, could and should do much more to ensure that Saif is brought to the international criminal courts and that he reveals the full extent of his former friends and contacts in high places, in Europe and North America.

Andrew Mackinlay, Labour MP Thurrock from 1992 to 2010, Former member of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee