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Libya Military prosecutor opposes Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s presidential bid

Libya’s military prosecutor Mohamed Gharouda has asked the electoral body to stop processing the paperwork for the presidential candidacy of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the country’s late ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

The public prosecutor’s office also called for the proceedings against warlord Khalifa Haftar, who is also running for president, to be discontinued.

The electoral commission announced on Sunday that Gaddafi had submitted the necessary documents as a presidential candidate in the elections scheduled for next month.

However, in a letter to the electoral commission, Mr. Gharouda warned that the commission would be responsible for the consequences of the processing of the files were not stopped.

“Saif al-Islam and Khalifa Haftar are charged with criminal acts” and their presidential candidacy “must be suspended pending the completion of the investigation,” a letter from the military attorney general said.

The registration of Gaddafi’s candidacy, though awaited, shocked people in Libya and abroad for his role in brutally suppressing the uprising against his father’s government.

The International Criminal Court is still seeking him on charges of war crimes committed in 2011.

Mr. Haftar, who leads troops in eastern Libya, is wanted by a US court for alleged torture of Libyans during the war.