NIAMEY - The government of Niger said on Saturday that Libya's new rulers were welcome to question Muammar Gaddafi's son, Assaadi, who has taken refuge in the West African nation, but it was unlikely that he would be extradited to Libya any time soon.
Niger's justice minister, who is also the government spokesman, said on Niger national television late on Saturday that Assaadi could be questioned under an existing cooperation agreement between Tripoli and Niamey.
"If it is to question Assaadi, the National Transitional Council (NTC), which we have recognized, can freely come to Niger, under the existing accord," said Marou Amadou.
"However, I reaffirm that at this stage...there is no possibility of extraditing Assaadi, because ultimately what needs to be applied is international conventions," he said.
Assaadi's exact whereabouts in Niamey have not been disclosed.