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Detained son of late Libyan dictator Moamar Gaddafi, Saadi Gaddafi, has apologised for what he called “my attempts to destabilise the country”. He also asked for forgiveness.

“I should have helped achieve renaissance in the country. I shouldn’t have carried out such deeds,” he said without elaborating in a video broadcast late on Thursday on Libya’s state television.

“I want Libya’s leaders, people, government and the Congress (parliament) to forgive me.”

Saadi, Gaddafi’s third son, was extradited earlier this month by Niger, where he sought refuge after armed uprising in 2011 against his father.

Saadi, 40, appeared in the footage in good health apparently to quash rumours that he had been tortured in prison.

He is due to go on trial next month for allegedly ordering the shooting of peaceful protesters during the uprising against his father.

Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for 42 years, was captured and killed in Oct. 2011.

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