Why was Saif al-Islam excluded from the elections in Libya? Is his return possible?

Saif al-Islam He was excluded from the electoral race for violating two provisions of the Presidential Election Law, citing "Inapplicability of Article 10 Clause 7, and Article 17 Clause 5".

The seventh item of Article 10 of the Presidential Election Law stipulates that: "Not to have been finally convicted of a felony or a crime against honor or trust".

As for the fifth item of Article 17, the applicant is invited to submit "Certificate of absence of precedents".

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of committing "crimes against humanity".

In addition, a court in Tripoli had sentenced him to death in absentia in 2015, for committing war crimes during the 2011 protests.

But the commission did not completely close the door to the excluded, as it said it "Appeals will be opened", indicating that the final decision will be in the hands of the Libyan judiciary.

And on Monday, the nomination process for the presidential elections was closed, after accepting applications for candidacy for two weeks.

It is noteworthy that the elections chair It is expected to take place on December 24, and is expected to attract great local and international attention.

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Saif al-Islam is the most prominent name in the list of those excluded, which includes 25 candidates, including Bashir al-Sharqawi, Nuri Abu Sahmain, Muhammad al-Sharif and Adel al-Lafi.

The commission said that Saif al-Islam He was excluded from the electoral race for violating two articles of the President’s Election Law, noting that “Article 10, Clause 7, and Article 17, Clause 5 do not apply.”

Paragraph 7 of Article 10 of the Presidential Election Law stipulates that he “shall not have been finally convicted of a felony or a crime against honor or trust.”

As for the fifth item of Article 17, the applicant is invited to submit a “certificate of absence of precedents”.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of committingcrimes against humanity“.

In addition, a court in Tripoli had sentenced him to death in absentia in 2015, for committing war crimes during the 2011 protests.

But the commission did not completely close the door to the excluded, as it said that it would “open the door to appeals,” noting that the final decision would be in the hands of the Libyan judiciary.

And on Monday, the nomination process for the presidential elections was closed, after accepting applications for candidacy for two weeks.

It is noteworthy that the elections chair It is expected to take place on December 24, and is expected to attract great local and international attention.

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