He said Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, today, Monday, that a military force surrounded the Sabha Court of First Instance building for the second day in a row, and prevented judges and employees from entering.
Gaddafi, the son, added through his account on “Twitter” that this caused the postponement of consideration of the appeal submitted by his lawyer, against the decision of the High Elections Commission regarding his exclusion from running in the presidential elections scheduled for next month.
And Saif al-Islam had said yesterday, Sunday, that the judges of the Sebha court had refrained from holding the hearing of the appeal submitted against the decision of the Electoral Commission, and that his lawyer had left the courtroom after the judges refrained from holding the session.
The hearing of the appeal was suspended for the second day in a row.
A member of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s political team, Muhammad al-Qaylushi, said in a statement to Al Arabiya.net that an armed group surrounded the entrances to the city of Sabha and the court’s perimeter in order to prevent the judges from joining the courtroom and to consider the appeal filed by the defense team of Saif al-Islam against the decision of the High Elections Commission to exclude him. From the preliminary list of candidates for the presidential election.
He added that the responsibility now rests with the countries that support and sponsor the political process in Libya, the United Nations and the Security Council, which pledged in its recent resolutions to punish the obstructionists.
The Court of Appeal was expected to hear Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s appeal on Sunday, but the hearing was postponed to Monday, due to the incompleteness of the judiciary, after a judge failed to appear.
Dabaiba appeals the decision to exclude him
On Monday, Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dabaiba appealed the decision to exclude him from the presidential race, which was approved by the Appeals Committee of the Court of Appeal in the capital, Tripoli, after accepting the appeal submitted by former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha against Dabaiba.
The Appeal Committee of the Tripoli Capital Court will consider Dabaiba’s appeal against Bashagha’s appeal within 72 hours, to finally decide the fate of Dabaiba’s candidacy, after issuing a conclusive ruling, which the Electoral Commission will implement.
A week ago, Dabaiba ran for the presidential elections despite the legal obstacles, mainly Article 12 of the Presidential Election Law, which stipulates that everyone who wants to run for the presidency must give up his duties 3 months before the election date, and despite his moral pledge not to run for these elections while he was president Government.
Accordingly, Dabaiba was subjected to many pressures from his rivals, including his opponent, Fathi Bashagha, and the candidates Aref Al-Nayed and Othman Abdel-Jalil, in addition to a member of the political dialogue, Muhammad al-Sharkasi.
Yesterday, Sunday, the Appeal Court in the capital, Tripoli, accepted these appeals and directed the Electoral Commission to withdraw Dabaiba’s candidacy from the preliminary list of presidential candidates.