Saif al-Islam Gaddafi 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)
The International Criminal Court Prosecutor's Office said on Saturday it
had received confirmation of the arrest of Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif
al-Islam, from Libya's Ministry of Justice.
"We are coordinating with the Libyan Ministry of Justice to ensure that
any solution with regards to the arrest of Saif al-Islam is in
accordance with the law," ICC prosecution office spokeswoman Florence
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Libyan officials said Saif al-Islam and several
bodyguards, but no other senior figures from the ousted administration,
had been taken near the town of Obari by fighters based in the western
mountain town of Zintan
"We have arrested Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
in the Obari area," Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagy told Reuters,
adding that the 39-year-old who is wanted for crimes against humanity by
the International Criminal Court at The Hague was not injured.
senior official in the executive of the National Transitional Council
(NTC) told Reuters that the interim government was still checking the
details of what had happened.
There was no word of the other official wanted by the ICC, former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi.
The news broke as fighters from Zintan, a powerful faction among the
many armed groups currently dominating Libya while the NTC tries to form
a new government, started celebrating in Tripoli.
Bashir Thaelba, a Zintan field commander who had called a news
conference on another issue, told reporters in the capital that Gaddafi
would be held in Zintan until there was a government to hand him over
to. The government is due to be formed within days.
"The rebels of Zintan announce that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been
arrested along with three of his aides today," Thaelba said in remarks
carried on Libyan television. "We hope at this historical moment that
the future of Libya will be bright."
Gaddafi's father was killed a month ago on Sunday after being captured in his hometown of Sirte on the coast.