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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captured in Libya

4:40 pm - 11/20/2011
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, captured after three months on the run, was disguised as a Tuareg hiding within the Tuareg near Ubari.

He was reportedly scared and down to his last few thousand dollars in cash when he was detained in Libya’s southern desert.

It has emerged that revolutionary forces from the town of Zintan had been pursuing his trail for some days, and finally caught up with his convoy at around 4am local time on Saturday.

Saif al-Islam was then taken by air back to Zintan, pending transfer to Tripoli.

Video here.

Libya pledges 'fair trial' for Saif al-Islam
Prime minister promises "justice and transparency" in handling of case of former leader's internationally wanted son.

Libya's prime minister has promised a fair trial for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the influential son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, following his capture in the southern desert town of Obari.

In the first official announcement of Saif al-Islam's capture late on Saturday, Abdurrahim El-Keib said he thought the capture would "turn the page on the phase of revolution".

El-Keib also said it would "mark the beginning of the building of a state of freedom, law, justice and transparency".

"I want to assure our people and all nations of the world that Saif and those with him will be given a fair trial, with the guarantees of local and international law," he told a news conference in the Western mountain town of Zintan, where Saif al-Islam and several bodyguards had been taken.

Once considered the favourite to succeed his late father, Saif was arrested by fighters from Zintan, who make up one of Libya's most powerful armed factions. They said they would hold him until they could hand him over to authorities.

Along with his father and Abdullah Senoussi, Libya's former intelligence chief who remains at large, Saif al-Islam was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in June on crimes against humanity charges relating to the Gaddafi regime's efforts to put down the uprising.

But Saif al-Islam told his captors on Saturday he didn't recognise the ICC.

Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught, reporting from Zintan, said: "Libya's prime minister is confident Libya has the means of providing a fair hearing for Saif al-Islam".

"Libyans are pretty clear: Saif is their citizen and he committed alleged crimes in Libya, so they want a trial in Libya," said our reporter.

'Ready to prosecute'

Luis Moreno Ocampo, the ICC's chief prosecutor, said on Saturday he would visit Libya in a week to discuss the prosecution.

"The good news is that Saif al-Islam is arrested, he is alive, and now he will face justice," Ocampo said in an interview in The Hague, the Dutch city where the ICC is based.

Many Libyans want Saif al-Islam to be tried at home, believing he knows the location of billions of dollars of public money amassed by the Gaddafi family.

Mohammed al-Alagy, Libya's interim justice minister, said the country would try him initially for crimes that carry the death penalty.

"We are ready to prosecute Saif al-Islam," al-Alagy said. "We have adopted enough legal and judicial procedures to ensure a fair trial for him."

David Cameron, the British prime minister, who with France had pushed for foreign military intervention in Libya, joined calls for a fair trial and offered to help Libya in pursuing justice.

"The Libyan government has told us again today that he will receive a trial in line with international standards, and it is important that this happens," Cameron said in a statement.

The capture of Saif al-Islam leaves Senoussi as the only high-ranking official of the old regime or member of Gaddafi's family still at large. Senoussi has now been caught also. Read here.

Saif-al-Islam had been on the run since Tripoli fell to the National Transistional Council (NTC) in August.

His father was killed on October 20 in circumstances still under investigation after being captured in his hometown of Sirte.


Scared and down to his last few thousand, but still lots of hubris. This article does not mention that he has a banged-up right hand (visible in the video footage), which he says occurred during the last NATO airstrike. Interestingly, one of the initial (erroneous) reports of his capture when his father was found and killed mentioned a wounded/amputated hand.
layweed 21st-Nov-2011 12:50 am (UTC)
This is the douchey one who went on international tv and was all spoilt as fuck because he was Gaddafi's kid, yeah?
echoandsway 21st-Nov-2011 12:57 am (UTC)
This is the one, yep.

Although they're all pretty douchey and spoilt. This one is douchey, spoilt, and is facing charges of crimes against humanity.
yamamanama 21st-Nov-2011 01:33 am (UTC)
Aren't they all douchey, spoilt, and responsible for crimes against humanity?
echoandsway 21st-Nov-2011 02:31 am (UTC)
He's the only one facing charges for crimes against humanity, I believe. Which doesn't mean the others haven't committed them. And they are all douchey and spoilt.
yamamanama 21st-Nov-2011 02:38 am (UTC)
Half of them are already dead, aren't they?
echoandsway 21st-Nov-2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Three of the nine, I believe: Mutassim, Khamis, and Saif Al-Arab. Hannibal, Aisha, and Muhammed are in Algeria; Saadi is in Niger, and Hana is...where is Hana? The last report I saw she was working as a doctor in Tripoli.
jwaneeta 21st-Nov-2011 02:01 am (UTC)
I bet he's going to regret being taken alive.
echoandsway 21st-Nov-2011 02:33 am (UTC)
I bet he is, too, especially as he doesn't seem the repentant type.
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