DUBAI - Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, fearing for his life if captured in Libya, has tried to arrange for an aircraft to fly him out of his desert refuge and into the custody of The Hague war crimes court, a senior Libyan official said on Thursday.
Details were sketchy but a picture has built up since his father's killing while in the hands of ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters a week ago that suggests Muammar Gaddafi's 39-year-old heir-apparent has taken refuge among Sahara nomads and is seeking a safe haven abroad.
The NTC official said Saif al-Islam had crossed into Niger but had not yet found a way to hand himself in to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
"There is a contact with Mali and with South Africa and with another neighboring country to organize his exit ... He hasn't got confirmation yet, he's still waiting," said the official, who declined to be named.