The son of deposed Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, has been released by the armed group that took him captive in 2011. That's according to his lawyer and captives, who say Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was freed by the Abu Bakr Sadiq brigade, he was holding him in the western town of Zintan.
It says he was released under an amnesty law passed by a parliament based in the country's east. The country's turmoil has led to several competing governments under armed functions. Saif al-Islam's whereabouts are currently unknown. His lawyer is saying he's being withheld for safety reasons. Previous reports of his release now proven to have been false.
The 44 year old is the most prominent of Muammar Gaddafi's children, touted as a possible successor before the uprising six years ago in which the long-time leader was toppled and killed. A Tripoli court have sentenced Saif al-Islam to death in 2015 for war crimes including killing protesters during the revolution.
A UN-backed government now in Tripoli has struggled to assert its influence, especially over those powerful factions in the east. Despite his release, Saif al-Islam is sought by the International Criminal Court, which says his trial in Libya did not meet international standards