The Fall of Gadhafi: Dictator without a Future

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Part 7: What Punishment Could Gadhafi Face?

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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. What fate awaits him?

There are pros and cons to putting Gadhafi on trial in Libya. A trial at home, like those conducted in Tunisia or Egypt, could be seen as tainted by the desire for revenge. But it could also help to calm and stabilize the country.

It is unclear what sentence Gadhafi would face in Libya. The country doesn't have a working judicial system. In The Hague, Gadhafi would face a life prison sentence which he would probably serve neither in the Netherlands nor in Libya, but in a third country.

Gadhafi's son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Sanussi could also face life terms. "But if The Hague were to rule that they only aided him, their sentences could be lower," says Eser.

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