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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, is seen attends a hearing behind bars in a courtroom in Zintan, June 22, 2014 .Reuters

Slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam was sentenced to death by a court on Tuesday for his role in war crimes during the 2011 uprising. 

Saif al-Islam was sentenced in absentia, as he is being held by a rebel group in the town of Zintan. It is not clear if he will be handed over by the rebel group, which is said to be in opposition with the government in Tripoli. 

Gaddafi's son was convicted of war crimes for suppressing protests during the 2011 revolution that also ended the Libyan leader's four-decade rule. 

Saif al-Islam has been sentenced to death by a firing squad, along with Gaddafi's former spy chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, former prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi and six others.