TRIPOLI  - A Libyan court Monday adjourned to February 11 the trial of Moamer Gaddafi's last premier Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, accused of killing civilians and financial crimes. Defence lawyers had asked for the delay to allow time to summon witnesses and the judge demanded that all witnesses testify in a single hearing. "We have two witnesses in custody, Mohamed Abubakar Dhib and Abdelati al-Obeidi, who have been informed by the prosecution. We have other witnesses outside that we could not inform in time," a defence lawyer said. Dhib was a deputy premier and Obeidi a foreign minister during Gaddafi's rule.
Along with Seif al-Islam, the toppled dictator's most prominent son, Mahmudi is one of the few remaining keepers of the many state secrets of Gaddafi's regime.
A doctor by training, Mahmudi was loyal to Gaddafi until the end, serving as premier from 2006 up to the final days of his regime, while also overseeing vast fortunes in the oil-rich nation.
Mahmudi fled to neighbouring Tunisia in September 2011 shortly after rebels seized Tripoli and effectively put an end to more than four decades of iron-fisted Gaddafi rule.
He was extradited to Libya on June 24 last year, despite warnings from human rights groups that he could face the death penalty, and has protested his innocence to journalists visiting his prison. "I am not guilty, not guilty, not guilty," he said at the time.