Libyan rebel gives Gaddafi 72 hours to quit

CAIRO - Rebels will not pursue Libyanleader Muammar Gaddafi over crimes they say he has committed ifhe steps down from his post in the next 72 hours, the head ofthe rebel National Libyan Council said on Tuesday.

"If he leaves Libya immediately, during 72 hours, and stopsthe bombardment, we as Libyans will step back from pursuing himfor crimes," Mustafa Abdel Jalil, an ex-justice minister, toldAl-Jazeera television by telephone.

He said the deadline would not be extended beyond 72 hours.The council is based in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.
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