INTERPOL issues Red Notice for another Gaddafi son

NTC demands arrest of Assaadi Gaddafi, believed to be in Niger; Assaadi misappropriated property while heading Libyan Football Federation.

September 29, 2011 12:33
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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.

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.

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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 Al-Senussi.

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