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Seif al-Islam Gadhafi. (AFP)

Tripoli – Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan leader Moammar, was released from captivity, Libyan sources revealed.

The Abu Bakr al-Sadiq Brigade, a militia that controls the town of Zintan in western Libya, said Seif al-Islam was freed late on Friday, under an amnesty law promulgated by the parliament based in the country’s east during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“He is now free and has left the city of Zintan,” the group said in a statement on its Facebook page.

He has since left Zintan, but his destination was not revealed. The group hoped that all political prisoners would be included in this pardon.

Seif al-Islam had been held in Zintan since November 2011.

In response to an email from AFP, Seif al-Islam’s lawyer at the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, said: “I am not able to confirm or deny any matters at this moment in time.”

Previous reports of Seif al-Islam’s release have proven false.

His mother and some of his siblings fled to Algeria after the revolution and eventually settled in Oman.

Seif al-Islam, 44, is the second of Gaddafi’s eight children, the eldest son of his second wife Safiya.