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Gaddafi's son freed from prison, flies directly to Turkey

In this file photo taken on March 13, 2016 Saadi Kadhafi, the son of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, sits waiting before trial at a courthouse in Tripoli   -  
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Muammar Gaddafi

Saadi Gaddafi, son of Libya's late Muammar Gaddafi, has been freed from jail, a justice ministry source confirmed to AFP Sunday.

Several media reports on Sunday suggested Gaddafi had already taken a flight to Turkey.

Gaddafi was free to stay in the country or leave, according to the source.

The 47-year-old Saadi was known for his playboy lifestyle during his father's rule.

He fled to Niger following the uprising that toppled his father before being extradited back to Libya.

The former professional footballer had been held in a Tripoli prison, accused of crimes committed against protesters in 2011 and of the 2005 killing of Libyan football coach Bashir al-Rayani.

In April 2018, the court of appeal acquitted him of Rayani's murder.

During the uprising, three of the dictator's seven sons were killed, and the country has since sunk into chaos, with rival factions vying for power.

A 2020 ceasefire ended the factional fighting and paved the way for peace talks and the formation of a transitional government this March, ahead of elections set for December.

But preparations are marred by disputes between key stakeholders over when to hold elections, what elections to hold, and on what constitutional grounds.