Gaddafi vows martyrdom or victory

2011-08-24 07:03

Cairo – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi pledged “martyrdom or victory” after rebels captured his compound in the capital.

A Tripoli radio station quoted Gaddafi as saying he abandoned the Bab al-Azizya compound in Tripoli as a “tactical move after the compound was levelled by 64 Nato airstrikes,” Al Jazeera reported.

Libyan rebels captured Gaddafi’s home yesterday after days of fighting in Tripoli.

Footage showed rebels standing in the home of Gaddafi where he used to stand while giving his speeches. They were seen destroying a statue of Gaddafi and kicking the head.

Gaddafi spokesperson Moussa Ibrahim said loyalists were ready to resist for months and even years.

In a telephone interview with al-Orouba and al-Rai television stations, he said Gaddafi was ready to turn the North African country into “volcanoes, lava and fire”.

The whereabouts of Gaddafi, who has ruled Libya since 1969, were unknown.

A member of the rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) said Gaddafi would first have to stand trial in Libya before he could be transferred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, which indicted him for war crimes in May.

Abdel Hafiz Ghoga said in an interview with Egyptian state television that there was no chance the rebels would let Gaddafi escape.

Fighting was reportedly continuing across the capital today.

Mahmud Shammam, a spokesperson for the TNC, said some ministers in the transitional government would move from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi today to the capital.

He said they would include the ministers of oil, communication, interior, defence and health, CNN reported.

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