The United Nations Support Mission in Libya welcomed the Government’s move.
The Libyan interim government announced that Saadi Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who was overthrown and killed during the 2011 uprising, has been released from prison.
The 47-year-old Saadi is the son of a former Libyan dictator, lived “in a big way,” and briefly played as a professional football player in Italy.
“Saadi Muammar Gaddafi was released from prison” after a court decision several years ago, a source in the country’s Ministry of Justice said.
According to several media reports, Gaddafi has already flown to Turkey. However, the Turkish Foreign Ministry told AFP on Monday that it had no information about Gaddafi’s possible arrival in Istanbul.
Libya’s Presidential Council on Monday also announced the release of several other prisoners, including a member of Gaddafi’s former cabinet and intelligence Chief Ahmed Ramadan, who was nicknamed the “Black Box” for keeping the dictator’s secrets.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement that the releases “represent a significant step towards respect for the rule of law and human rights, as well as a positive development that can contribute to the process of national reconciliation based on human rights.”
Saadi, the former head of the Libyan Football Federation, was primarily known for his short career at an Italian football club.
In 2003, Saadi signed a contract with the Italian FC Perugia with the support of the then Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who had close ties with the Libyan regime.
But Gaddafi rarely took the field. He was disqualified for three months in the second season for doping. His greatest achievement was 15 minutes of the game against Juventus in May 2004.