Libya's former Prime Minister
Ex- Libyan Prime Minister to face trial
Libya's former Prime Minister, Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi will be put on trial for crimes he allegedly committed during the rule of Muammar Gaddafi.
"Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi will appear on the occasion of a first case against him”, the public prosecutor's spokesman, Taha Baara, said.
“He will face charges of prejudicial acts against the security of the state," he stated.
Along with Saif al-Islam, Gaddafi's most prominent son, Mr Mahmoudi is one of the few remaining keepers of the many state secrets under late Gaddafi’s rule.
Mr Mahmoudi was extradited from Tunisia, which he fled to in September 2011 after the fall of Tripoli to rebel forces.
Rights groups objected to his extradition on June 24, saying that he could face the death penalty and in Jule.
Mr Mahmoudi protested his innocence from his prison cell in the Libyan.
"I am not guilty, not guilty, not guilty. I am ready to be tried by the Libyan people. I am sure of myself and of my innocence," he said during a visit to the prison organised by the authorities in an apparent bid to quash rumours he had been tortured.
A physician by training, Mahmoudi was loyal to Gaddafi until the end, serving as premier from 2006 up to the final days of his regime.
Elsewhere in Libya, the Libyan air force announced on Sunday that it would begin dismantling a stockpile of outdated surface-to-air missiles which had been positioned around the country by the former leader.
Military engineers have started removing potentially toxic fuel from the Russian-made weapons, which were brought to Libya from the Soviet Union in 1972.
"The air force chief of staff officially announces the beginning of a plan to remove and clean all the affected areas," air force chief of staff, Colonel Gumma al-Abanny said.
The late President, Muammar Gaddafi scattered hundreds of SA-2 missiles across Libyan cities.
While NATO forces destroyed nearly 80 per cent of these in 2011, leakage of toxic gas from the remaining weapons is still a concern.
As well as outdated missiles, Libya's new rulers have also been struggling to rid the streets of smaller weapons, which have been in plentiful supply since last year's war.
In a recent drive, the government set up collection points in major cities, allowing Libyans to hand in small firearms, explosives and even rocked-propelled grenade launchers.