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Former Gaddafi official freed in Libya for ‘health reasons’

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TUNIS – A former official of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s regime sentenced to death in 2015 was released yesterday for “health reasons” and traveled to Tunisia for treatment, his family said.

Abuzed Dorda, 74, had been serving as head of foreign intelligence when a country-wide uprising in 2011 toppled and killed Gaddafi, but he also held a handful of other positions during the dictator’s 42-year reign including a stint as prime minister.

He was sentenced to death along with eight others close to Gaddafi including the Libyan leader’s son, Saif al-Islam, over their alleged role in the bloody crackdown on protesters. The United Nations denounced the trial as “seriously” flawed.

Dorda, who was on crutches at his trial, suffered broken bones after his capture in 2011. Libya’s attorney general ordered Dorda’s “provisional release” in June, but the move was delayed for unknown reasons.

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