Qadhafi regime officials go on trial in Libya

A trial of former officials in Muammar Qadhafi's regime opened in Libya on Tuesday, with ex-intelligence chief Bouzid Dorda the first to appear in the dock.

Dorda sat caged off as a Tripoli court judge read out a long list of accusations, including that he ordered the killing of demonstrators during the uprising that ended Qadhafi's rule in 2011.

Part of the slain dictator's inner circle, Dorda is charged with detaining people without evidence of any crimes and using or threatening force to prevent others from enjoying their political rights.

He is also accused of organizing members of his tribe into an armed militia with the aim of sparking a civil war in western Libya.

Dorda, who served as Libya's UN envoy in the late 1990s and replaced Mussa Kussa as head of intelligence services in 2009, was detained during last year's conflict by forces loyal to the ruling National Transitional Council.

He denied the charges against him, and the trial was adjourned until 26 June at the request of his defense team.

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