Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been freed by an armed group in western Libya where he had been held since shortly after the 2011 revolt against his late father.
He was released in the town of Zintan under an amnesty law passed by a parliament based in eastern Libya, lawyer Khaled al-Zaidi said on Sunday, adding that Saif was headed to another Libyan city that he could not name for security reasons.
Saif was the most prominent of Gaddafi’s son and was touted to by some as a reformist successor before the Libyan uprising which killed his father.
It is unclear as to whether Saif would play any role in Libya upon his release. Libya is currently undergoing a struggle for government between armed groups and competing governments.
Gaddafi’s loyalist in the east of the country have been pressing for the release of Saif amid a push from former regime figures to reassert influence.