Muammar Gaddafi 521.
(photo credit: Reuters)
INTERPOL on Thursday published a Red Notice for Assaadi Gaddafi, one of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons, after the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) accused him of misappropriating properties during his tenure as the head of the Libyan Football Federation.
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According to a statement by INTERPOL, Assaadi Gaddafi, 38, was last seen in Niger - a country where a number of Gaddafi loyalists are believed to be residing following the months-long uprising that forced the despot from power.
Assaadi Gaddafi was a commander of pro-government forces that were fighting rebels seeking to overthrow the Gaddafi regime, and is subject to a United Nations travel ban.
Red Notices are the closest tool to an international arrest warrant
used by INTERPOL today, and it effectively requests the arrest of wanted
persons, while advising subsequent extradition.
The NTC has continued to push for the extradition of Gaddafi family members
and loyalists that have fled Libya to neighboring countries including
Algeria and Niger.
On Wednesday, the NTC said it believed that Muammar Gaddafi was hiding
out near the border with Algeria as his loyalists continued to battle rebels at his hometown.
“INTERPOL will continue to offer Libya’s Transitional National Council
the full support of its global resources and services and is asking its
member countries in the region to take all measures to apprehend Assaadi
Gaddafi,” INTERPOL's head said according to the statement.
Earlier in September, INTERPOL issued Red Notices for Muammar Gaddafi,
his son Saif al-Islam - who has recently been seen rallying pro-Gaddafi
loyalists - and former director of Libyan military intelligence Abdullah