Saif al-Islam Gaddafi arrested in Libya

Libyan officials say son of deceased leader Muammar Gaddafi detained near Ubari.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been on the run since the fall of Libya and the death of his father, Muammar Gaddafi [EPA]

Libyan military commanders have declared that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been arrested near Ubari in southern Libya.

In a press conference held on Saturday, Bashir al-Taylib, a military commander, told reporters that Saif al-Islam had been captured and will be moved to Zintan.

Saif al-Islam, the son of Muammar Gaddafi, has been on the run since the fall of Libya and the death of his father. He has been detained with several bodyguards while trying to flee to Niger, according to a government official. He is said to be in good health.

“The information said he was captured is accurate,” he said, adding that more details regarding the capture will be given later on in the day.

“We are happy with capture, which is why we told you quickly, in order to inform the Libyan people,” he said. “We hope the Libyan people will do well now after the capture of Saif al-Islam, and they need to move forward and take care of themselves and their country.”

The press conference ended with cries from the podium of “God is great!”.

Mohammad Alalaqi, the Libyan justice minister, told Al Jazeera that Saif al-Islam will face a fair trial according to international standards. “We do not mind having international observers at the trial,” he said. “We will coordinate with the International Criminal Court on the trial.”

Al Jazeera’s Anita McNaught, reported from Misrata that residents were out in their cars celebrating the news.

( / 19.11.2011)


4 thoughts on “Saif al-Islam Gaddafi arrested in Libya

  1. A few months ago, at the height of the Libyan crises, I implored Saif Al-Islam to stop the blood shed and to see what was coming and ask the people of Libya for forgiveness. As is always the case with power hungry deluded individuals, he did not heed the call . The result of his arrogance and ignorance and that of his late father is there for all to see. Libya is destroyed and our enemies are victorious yet again. During your days in power you spent most of your time prancing around Western Capitals licking the very boots that are the masters of what is happening in Libya now and what is yet to come. They abandoned you like they did many before you and will do again.

    A few weeks ago, I wrote “To the victor the Spoils” in after the Paris conference on Libya. All I said then is still true now.

    You lived the life of a coward. Your hands are soaked in the blood of many of our brothers and sisters in Libya. Now that you are captured and about to be tried, I hope you will heed this advice. Use the last days of your worthless life in the lime light for something good and useful. Tell all you know. Spell the beans. Show the whole world who are the guilty parties in the destruction of Libya. Explain to us all what’s going on behind the seen. The plans of our many enemies are continuing apace. They have not finished. Their ambitions and avarice knows no bounds. You lived the life of a blood thirsty coward. Now do the brave and honourable thing. Die like a man.

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