Red notices were also issued for spy chief Abdullah Senussi [left] and Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [centre]
Interpol has issued a red notice - its highest arrest alert - for Muammar Gaddafi as the hunt for the former Libyan leader intensifies.
The France-based international police organisation said it had issued the notice in collaboration with Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) where Gaddafi is accused of crimes against humanity.
Notices were also issued for Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and Abdullah Senussi, his former director of military intelligence, who have also been indicted by the ICC.
"The Red Notices have been circulated to all of Interpol's 188 members and include essential identifying and judicial information," the organisation said.
Interpol said the issue of the notices was also the first step towards its formally recognising Libya's National Transitional Council [NTC] as the country's formal government.
"Interpol will co-operate with and assist the ICC and Libyan authorities represented by the Interim Transitional National Council of Libya to apprehend Muammar Gaddafi," Ronald Nobel, Interpol's secretary-general, said.
Interpol's move followed a request for the red notice from Moreno-Ocampo. It means that the three men are now considered among the world's most wanted fugitives.
"Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo's request for Interpol red notices will significantly restrict the ability of all three men to cross international borders and is a powerful tool to help in their location and arrest," Noble said.
Moreno-Ocampo said the issuing of the alert meant that Gaddafi's arrest was a "matter of time" and ensured that the warrant for his arrest was in the hands of law enforcement agencies around the world.
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