ICC confirms Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captured

International Court confirms Muammar Gaddafi's son was arrested in Libya, is coordinating next steps with Libya.

By REUTERS
November 19, 2011 14:54
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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)

 
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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 Olara said.

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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.

Another 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.


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