A Libyan People's Court which has been trying 81-year-old ex-King Idris in his absence, on Tuesday (16 November) sentenced him to death by firing squad, according to the Middle East News Agency reporting from Tripoli.
A Libyan People's Court which has been trying 81-year-old ex-King Idris in his absence, on Tuesday (16 November) sentenced him to death by firing squad, according to the Middle East News Agency reporting from Tripoli. The King was ousted by a coup early in September 1969 and was last reported living in the Arab Republic of Egypt. The court which tried the King and members of his retinue, on charges of corruption, sentenced his wife to five years jail, and his counsellor... Omar El Shalhi... to life imprisonment, also in their absence. The King's nephew, Crown Prince Ali Hassan Al Reda received three years, and Ali Wannis... the last Premier before the revolution... two years.
SYNOPSIS: September 3rd 1969... the ferry-boat "Knossos" arrives at Port Volos in Greece with deposed King Idris of Libya and his household who had fled Libya after being ousted by a coup. On Tuesday King Idris, who was last reported living in Egypt, was sentenced to death by a People's Court. The court which has been trying the 81-year-old Ex-King in his absence, pronounced a sentence of "death by firing squad".
After his arrival in Greece in 1969, King Idris spent some days discussing by telephone with various European leaders, ways in which the military junta in Libya might be overthrown and allow his return. His efforts to achieve this were unsuccessful.
Ex-King Idris had been tried on charges of corruption.... his exact whereabouts at present are unknown.
After the coup, and while King Idris was beginning his exile in Greece, Libyan military cadets took over the country's embassy in Athens and scattered or destroyed all royal emblems and pictures of the King they could find.
The cadets also changed the name of the building to the "Embassy of the Republic of Libya."