A day of reckoning in Libya.

Saif al-Islam the heir apparent to his father Muammar Gaddafi appears in court in Zintan where he will face charges of war crimes.

He told the court he would like his trail to take place in Zintan -- where he has been held for two years -- rather than be transferred to Tripoli.

Saif al-Islam was a powerful figure in his father's government and has been accused of orchestrating brutal reprisals against anti-Gaddafi protesters.

The International Criminal Court also wants to try him for alleged crimes committed during the 2011 uprising that toppled his father.

Zintan fighters caught Saif al-Islam in the southern desert, a month after his father was captured.

The case was adjourned until December 12.

In Tripoli, Libya's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi was also in court Thursday along with other former officials.

He faces charges related to the uprising in 2011.

He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court.

His lawyer demanded his surrender to the ICC, where he would not face the threat of the death penalty.

But in Libya, authorities have been reluctant to surrender him, saying they can give him as fair a trial as the Hague-based court.