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Baghdadi Mahmoudi's trial was unfair (defence team).

TUNIS (TAP)- The trial of Baghdadi Mahmoudi, the prime minister under the regime of Mouammar Khadafi, was neither fair nor impartial, said members of the defence team for Mahmoudi in Tunisia.

"We urge human rights activists and defenders to act to put an end to this masquerade," the defence team said in a statement a copy of which was received by TAP.

The trial of Mahmoudi, whose judgement will be handed down Tuesday, is "unlawful, null and void," the defence team argued.

The defence team also warned against any verdict handed down and said it will initiate proceedings in Libya and before international courts against whoever hands a judgement in this case.

The same source said the trial took place without the presence of the Tunisian lawyers which is a serious breach of the commitments made by the Libyan authorities at the extradition of Baghdadi Mahmoudi.

The trial was held at a military barracks under the control of a militia that is neither recognised by the United Nations nor the international community which deprives the trial of legitimacy.

Members of the defence team called the extradition of Mahmoudi by non-competent Tunisian authorities illegal and a kidnapping. What ensues is considered null and void, including the hearing itself, they underscored.

Libya's former PM was extradited to Libya on June 24, 2012, by Hamadi Jebali's government. Mahmoudi was then imprisoned in Tunisia since September 21, 2011, and serving a six-month sentence for illegal entry into the Tunisian territory.

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