The Government of National Unity released on Monday Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of the former ruler Muammar Gaddafi, the government announced earlier today.
Saadi Gaddafi fled for Niger during the NATO-backed uprising, but was extradited to Libya in 2014 and has been imprisoned since then in Tripoli.
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.
The 47-year-old flew to Turkey shortly after his release.
Former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha was reportedly involved in the negotiations of Gaddafi’s release.