Gaddafi 'seeks refuge in Arab countries'

2011-08-19 12:18

Cairo - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is seeking refuge in Arab countries and has sent a message to governments of Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria to receive his family, a Libyan dissident said in remarks published on Friday.

Representative of the rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) in Cairo Abdel Monem al-Houni told the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat: "Gaddafi is looking for a safe haven for his family in the case that Tripoli falls into the hands of the revolutionaries."

Al-Houni served as Gaddafi's chief delegate to the Arab League before defecting and taking sides with the rebels.

He said that the rebels could arrive on the outskirts of Tripoli within hours as they had tightened their grip on the strategic town of Zawiya, 40km west of the Libyan capital.

"The Gaddafi regime has few days before it breathes its last," said al-Houni.

Over the past weeks, rebel fighters have been making military progress in their six-month campaign to oust Gaddafi who has been in power for 42 years.

The head of the TNC, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, said on Thursday that a final victory over Gaddafi was "on the horizon."

On Thursday, the Libyan government called for an immediate ceasefire and talks, but continued to reject calls for Gaddafi to leave power.

Al-Houni's remarks come after the US broadcaster NBC had reported late on Thursday that Gaddafi was preparing to leave Libya. NBC cited unnamed US intelligence officials as saying Gaddafi and his family could be leaving for Tunisia within days.

  • frans van erk - 2011-08-19 12:47

    Six months suffering by many due to one corrupt criminal despot. The world has to treat this unmensch in an appropriate way as an example for the many other dictators whose time is ripe. The world can only become better when they are removed. Treat dirt like dirt.

      daaivark - 2011-08-19 13:02

      For a brief moment whilst watching the news last night it seemed as though Zuma was going to invite him here. Thank heavens this is not going to happen. All we need is to harbour yet another criminal despot.

      Stinkhout - 2011-08-19 13:39

      Difference between rebel and freedom fighters - rebels remove dictators that freedom fighter put in place. If only Zim had one……..

  • juliusedwa - 2011-08-19 12:49

    I think the mission of Obama, Sarkozy and david almost accomplished, only few days

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-08-19 12:52

    Yea Sure ! as if we believe NATO press office what they tell the rebel traitors to say. Anton might but sensible people know there evil lies.

      JustinD - 2011-08-19 13:59

      yes under your roof

      slg - 2011-08-19 16:27

      Who's we?

      Anton - 2011-08-19 17:09

      tee-hee-hee-hee, For 42 years there have been brave Libyans , who stood up to gaddafi. They were arrested, beaten up and often killed. ( because that is the only way you can keep a dictatorship in place !!! ) The many shallow unmarked graves, ( pointed out by ex gaddafi police and secret police ) is a horrifying proof, of 42 years of tyranny. For 42 years , gaddafi managed through brutal force, to nick every uprising. But not this time. That's the reason why Europe quickly took the side of the opposition. It might take a few more days, maybe a few more months, highly unlikely a year, but one thing is for sure; THIS TIME, gaddafi WILL GO !!!

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-08-19 12:55

    Bye bye Gaddafi, don't forget to pack your tent.

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-08-19 13:01

      za101 - 2011-08-19 14:04

      slg - 2011-08-19 16:42

      These Libyans believe they are Gadhafi's children, and Gadhafi their father. This is very unhealthy. It keeps them as children, not maturing, not growing up, not standing on their own two feet, leaving them vulnerable. They do not think for themselves. They say they get their confidence from their leader, who says Nato will lose. They just blindly believe what he says. It's sad. I wish they did otherwise. They wouldn't be in this situation. They wouldn't just blindly and naively believe Gadhafi.

  • Jacques van Zyl - 2011-08-19 13:11

    And now he's coming to South Africa.

  • Tania - 2011-08-19 13:13

    I am surprized they are not trying to sneek him into the country so that us tax payers can accomodate him and his antorage in luxury like the criminal from Heiti.

      za101 - 2011-08-19 14:00

      I say bring Gadaffi here. Every time the ANC see him, they will be reminded as to what will happen to ANC leaders if they think they can have "indefinate revolutions", while they are aleady in power.

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-08-19 13:24

    So long as he doesn't come here. We can't afford to keep him in the manner in which he is seemingly accustomed!

  • Tania - 2011-08-19 13:31

    How can he apply for assylum, should he not stand trial.

      za101 - 2011-08-19 13:56

      I just want him to leave

  • Dead Skunk - 2011-08-19 13:34

    Hello has he seen what's going on in those countries...

  • mokgadiathole - 2011-08-19 13:55

    news24 is full of lies there is nothing like that, check here

      slg - 2011-08-19 16:44

      Do you believe Libyans should have the right to vote and live free from oppressive, dictatorial rule?

      Anton - 2011-08-20 08:29

      mokgadiathole, Even today, there are the ones who deny the atrocities of Idi Amin and Jean-Bedel Bokassa, and worship them. To shoot the messenger will not change facts!!!

  • za101 - 2011-08-19 13:56

    The Libya crisis is a disaster for South Africa. Our president did not support the people's revolution at all. South Africa spent most of energy and goodwill trying to keep Gadaffi in power in the same way they kept Mugabe in power. Fortunately, the Libyan people did not give up when they saw their Africa brothers intimidate them. Gadaffi is not even an elected, and African leaders want him to stay in an agreement. South Africa should have persuaded Gadaffi to leave instead of find a compromise. Its not like we do not know how ruthless Gadaffi can be against people who are a threat to him. We know he has killed thousands of people. President Zuma should have put Gadaffi on his plane and bring him here to South Africa at the very least. At least then , President Zuma would have got the Noble Peace Prize. But the South African government stood until the very end with Gadaffi. It is sickening to see Libyans celebrate freedom by waving the American, British , French, Qatari and Emirati flags. It would have been so awesome if Libyan people waved the South African flag in Beghazi and when Tripoli is eventually liberated. South Africa better be careful, that the revolutionaries and youth of libya are educated unlike the ANCYL. I hope that the new Libyan Government stands up for peace, democracy, zero corruption in and join Botswana in condeming corrupt and brutal African countries wherever they are.

  • JustinD - 2011-08-19 13:58

    Run little piggy run before you end up swinging from a tree....Would love to see you hang!!!!!!

  • Sisie - 2011-08-19 14:01

    I think we have heard the same story a number of times in the last 7 - 8 months from how Gadaffi was going to overthrow the rebels in one week to how the rebels will take over Libya in a few days. Will wait for it to happen before there is any excitement.

  • ruben.maistry - 2011-08-19 16:49

    The ANC must not even consider inviting Gaddafi to our country

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-08-19 19:27

    To many lies here about Gaddafi for me to bother a reply ,anyway your so called Rebel rats with its foreign intervention will make a complete mess of Libya if given any power, admit Gaddafi would do anything to stay in his homeland even elections! ,oh but that is not allowed in the so called new world order of scum nations, as he might win fairly.

      slg - 2011-08-20 03:36

      Unfortunately no-one believes Gadhafi anymore. It's too late to declare willingness for elections. He's done too much harm. He has to step down. If he really cares about Libya and Libyans, he would do this. Now.

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-08-19 20:09

    Regarding the usual suspects that harp on about Gaddafi as a Dictator on a daily basis. NATO are the ones dictating here. Gaddafi gives the wealth back to his people. Does your government do anything like that ? would say not. It is more like taxes up ur ass & false statements to make you think you have your western freedom. sorry to tell you but your the new white slaves with no freedom!!

      slg - 2011-08-20 03:38

      Gadhafi hasn't allowed elections in 40 years, and decided to fight to the death to avoid elections now. Dictatorships are not all dark, nor are democracies all light by any means. But the world has pretty much decided that dictatorships are more dark than light, far more. History has shown this.

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-08-20 16:58

    @slg Points taken. But he would agree to elections if the foreigners would let him, in his Country.

      slg - 2011-08-20 18:15

      Who would believe him now?

      slg - 2011-08-20 18:16

      And it's not "his" country. That's precisely the point. Dictators think they own the country, and the people are their children. It's ridiculous.

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