"MUAMMAR Gaddafi's last prime minister Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, accused of aiding the state to kill civilians and financial crimes, has gone on trial in a Libyan court.
A judge read out the charges against al-Mahmoudi which included "abusing public funds" and "committing acts aiming to unjustly kill people" during the 2011 uprising that toppled Gaddafi.
The highest-ranking former regime official to go before Libyan judges, sat in a caged section of the courtroom and spoke only once during the one-hour hearing, saying "yes" when asked to confirm his presence.
Along with Seif al-Islam, the toppled dictator's most high-profile son, al-Mahmoudi is one of the few remaining keepers of the many state secrets under Gaddafi, who was killed on October 20 last year.
A physician by training, al-Mahmoudi 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. (...)"