Gaddafi's fleeing son captured in desert

2011-11-19 14:37

London - Muammar Gaddafi's son and heir apparent, Saif al-Islam, has been detained in the southern desert, Libya's interim justice minister and other officials said on Saturday.

They said Saif al-Islam and several bodyguards, but no other senior figures from the ousted administration, had been taken near the town of Obari by fighters based in the western mountain town of Zintan

"We have arrested Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in the Obari area," Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagy told Reuters, adding that the 39-year-old who is wanted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court at The Hague was not injured.

Another senior official in the executive of the National Transitional Council (NTC) told Reuters that the interim government was still checking the details of what had happened.

There was no word of the other official wanted by the ICC, former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi.

The news broke as fighters from Zintan, a powerful faction among the many armed groups currently dominating Libya while the NTC tries to form a new government, started celebrating in Tripoli.

Bashir Thaelba, a Zintan field commander who had called a news conference on another issue, told reporters in the capital that Gaddafi would be held in Zintan until there was a government to hand him over to. The government is due to be formed within days.

"The rebels of Zintan announce that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been arrested along with three of his aides today," Thaelba said in remarks carried on Libyan television. "We hope at this historical moment that the future of Libya will be bright."

Gaddafi's father was killed a month ago on Sunday after being captured in his hometown of Sirte on the coast.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-19 15:14

    Let thecourt process begin! Kenny Kunene wont be please.

      Fredric - 2011-11-19 15:20

      this has nothing to do with kenny kunene

      Delusion - 2011-11-19 16:11

      Also Juju and his type must be devastated. The heros and role models of the ANCYL seem to be tyrants mass murderers and undemocratical despots / election thiefs - such as Mugabe and Ghadaffi. Our future leeeedars are depressed today...

  • Shirley - 2011-11-19 15:29

    Frederic: If you have been following Kenny Kunene on his reality show on tv you might understand the comment. Kenny had a Gaddafi outfit made for his last birthday as Gaddafi is his hero. Check it out if you think Im spinning a yarn!

  • kgatle - 2011-11-19 15:29

    This is sad and heart breaking...

      Delusion - 2011-11-19 16:05

      I agree with Kgatle, How dare the Lybian people rebel against an unelected tyrant mass murderer / evil family dynasty of some 40 years? Very un-African!! Kgaltle (and me) are of the enlightenend opinion that Aricans are destined to be ruled by despots and mass murderers. Viva Ghadaffi and Mugabe. And f...k the will of the Lybians. Right Kgatle?

      David - 2011-11-19 17:12

      Treat it as an allegation until proven. The sad part is that we are not told about casualties from the other side. The story come out as if Gaddafi's son has surrendered voluntarily.

      Douglas - 2011-11-20 00:04

      Oh yes, terribly heartbreaking. Love your comments, Delusion. How lovely it would've been to have Ghadaffi as our leader.

      Koekies - 2011-11-20 13:31

      Guys, kgatle has a brain, c'mon kgatle show it.

  • Zee - 2011-11-19 16:05

    Wll this particular organization also hunting the other war crime criminals. The ones who who thought they're miracle makers and could save the people of Afghanistan and Iraq

      Alan - 2011-11-19 20:54

      So if they don't then you're saying that he should be allowed to get off scot free?

      Zee - 2011-11-20 08:40

      He should be given a fair trial and in the meantime investigations should continue to apprehend other war-crime criminals.

  • Zee - 2011-11-19 16:06

    I hope he is given a fair trial. After all he is human

      Delusion - 2011-11-19 16:19

      True, if you recon mass murderers such as Hitler, Stalin and Mugabe are true humans. Pity the THOUSANDS of corpses they left behind are not "humans" anymore. Count on Kgatele and friend to pray for his acquittal. They feel f..ll for the Lybian people.

      Alan - 2011-11-19 20:55

      Agreed, as fair a trial as he and his family would have given any of their opponents. We know exactly how those turned out.

      Zee - 2011-11-20 08:34

      We all know with all their wealth they ruled as if living in the barbaric ages. The powers that be have to rise above the occasion and allow the 'law' to take its cause. Be as it may, his father died a horrible death

      Alan - 2011-11-20 18:47

      I'm not saying that the way he died or the mob justice was justified, but think about the situation that those people were in. Here they have in front of them the man who used tanks against them. Here they have in front of them the man that eliminated all kinds of opposition. Here they have a man in front of them a man that publicly executed people to scare the others into submission. . . you know what I'm getting at. Don't be too quick to judge these people unless you've been in their position. Given the same circumstances I may have been the one that took the gun and executed him.

  • Johan Grobbelaar - 2011-11-19 16:07

    Its payback time... All those ppl u tortured and killed are now coming back 2 haunt u... Thought u were untouchable? HA! Lol.

      David - 2011-11-19 17:08

      You must count yourself lucky that it cant be said the same about you and your kin.

  • Ambi - 2011-11-19 16:08

    Another onw bites the dust:) next stop zimbabwe and mugabe :)

      Shirley - 2011-11-19 16:31

      If only!

  • Chaapo - 2011-11-19 17:19

    I am sure Malema is distraught - he won't have Saif to approach for funding of ANCYL (he would have the substitute for Muammar.

  • Mantsho - 2011-11-19 19:21

    I dont understand why Some black people in South Africa Support Gaddafi and his family? while the people of Libya wanted this people dead or prosecuted,this is embarrasing to me,but l think all this have something to do with education,not to understad things properly,the same mistake some blacks did long time ago when they fight for freedom in SA, after the release of Nelson Mandela they didnt go back to school and learn,thinking they will be going to work for the goverment without no education,that was a big mistake,today they are suffering.Gaddafi was oppressing his own people and was killing them under his rule.

      Delusion - 2011-11-19 20:22

      Lovely to hear another sane voice. You give me hope.

      Mothusi Abubakr Maje - 2011-11-19 22:19

      I am a Black South African who supports Gaddhafi and his entire family, including the recently captured Saif-A-ISLAM. I wish u knew the economic stands of Libya during the previous regime. I wish u knew that Unlike South Africa and other countries the Libyans had so many thing to their dispossal. Those who killed Gadhafi are power hungry and I assure u that they do not represent the majority of that Country's population. Libyans will suffer so much frm now on. Sit and watch

      Mantsho - 2011-11-19 22:52

      l disagree with you.Lybia is free now. What Gadaffi was doing to his people was worser than anything.

      Douglas - 2011-11-20 00:09

      It seems Maje is deluded and Delusion is only too sane. Ghadaffi was an evil man, a megalomaniac who loved and abused his power. He is no hero. Just because other contenders to his crown are also not worthy (which could be true, but still remains to be seen) does not make Ghadaffi's demise a heartbreaking event in any sane person's eyes.

      Zee - 2011-11-20 08:38

      yes the Libyans will suffer especially when the so called super powers put their own agendas before the needs of the Libyan citizens, just like they're doing in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • Gavin - 2011-11-20 00:27

    You must understand some points here. Some people are devoted to utmost destruction of this planet. Violence of a cause is in some people’s blood, and will remain their till their death Their filthy offspring which contribute nothing to society but demise will be our darkest challenge.

  • Bob - 2011-11-20 08:33

    Anyone want to lay a bet against the fact that he will be found guilty and hang!

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