File - Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, son of slain Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, in the Libyan capital Tripoli, August 13, 2011. (AFP PHOTO/IMED LAMLOUM)
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The son of late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appeared via video-link Sunday with 22 others to hear charges in a Tripoli court ranging from war crimes to corruption in a major test of whether the state can implement the rule of law.Seif al-Islam, the most high-profile of Gadhafi's seven sons, smiled and looked confident on the link-up from a jail in the western town of Zintan where he has been held since he was captured by former rebels. Twenty-two former Gadhafi officials were present in the court inside the heavily guarded Al-Hadba prison, including former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi.When the judge asked Seif al-Islam, once seen as Gadhafi's heir, whether he had a lawyer present to defend him he said twice: "It's with God". The court later decided to appoint a lawyer for him.
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