Rebels to seek return of Gaddafi family from Algeria

Official Algerian press reports that Gaddafi's wife, two sons and daughter had crossed into Algeria from Libya.

By REUTERS
August 29, 2011 21:16
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Libya's de facto government considers Algeria's sheltering of members of fallen strongman Muammar Gaddafi's family an act of aggression and will seek their extradition, a National Transitional Council spokesman said on Monday.

"We have promised to provide a just trial to all those criminals and therefore we consider this an act of aggression," spokesman Mahmoud Shamman told Reuters.

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"We are warning anybody not to shelter Gaddafi and his sons. We are going after them in any place to find them and arrest them," he said.

Less than an hour earlier, the official Algeria Press Service reported on its web site that Muammar Gaddafi's wife Safia, his daughter Aisha, and his sons Hannibal and Mohammed, entered Algeria on Monday morning.

It said their arrival had been reported to the United Nations and the Libyan rebel authorities.

On Saturday, Algeria's Foreign Ministry denied a report that a convoy of six Mercedes cars had crossed its border from Libya.

Egypt's state MENA news agency had quoted a source from the rebel Military Council in the border city of Ghadames as saying the convoy of armored cars crossed the frontier on Friday morning protected by the commander of a desert nomadic military unit that had operated under Muammar Gaddafi.


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