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One of Moammar Gadhafi's sons was sentenced to death on Tuesday over killings during the country's 2011 uprising.

Saif al-Islam on August 23, 2011.IMED LAMLOUM / AFP via Getty Images File

Seif al-Islam was convicted of suppressing peaceful protests during the revolution that ended his father's rule.

In a televised session, the Tripoli court also handed a death sentence by firing squad to Gadhafi's former spy chief, Abdullah al-Senoussi, and his former prime minister, Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi.

The verdict on al-Islam was passed in absentia since he has been held since 2011 by a former rebel group in Zintan region that opposes the Tripoli government, which is not recognized by world powers.

Five others were also sentenced to death on Tuesday.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed.