Gaddafi's son to hand himself to ICC: report


Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, gives a speech in Benghaz, in 2007.


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Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, and former intelligence chief to Gaddafi, Abdullah al-Senussi, may be handing themselves in to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, said a senior Libyan military official with the NTC, Reuters reported Wednesday.  

"They are proposing a way to hand themselves over to The Hague," said Abdel Majid Mlegta to Reuters. His information came from intelligence sources who believed Saif al-Islam and Senussi were trying to make a deal to surrender through a border country. 

A spokesperson for The Hague court, Fadi El Abdallah, said that they did not have confirmation on this deal.   

"We are trying to contact the NTC for more information," said El Abdallah.  

Saif al-Islam, 39, is the only member of the Gaddafi family still unaccounted for. Saif al-Islam has been on the run since Libyan forces liberated Sirte last week. Many fear he is still at large in Libya. Both he and Senussi are wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity.   

The Daily Mail reported that British special forces were engaged in a frantic desert manhunt for Saif al-Islam, who was last reported to be heading into Niger, escorted by ethnic Tuaregs, according to a government official in Niger, Rissa ag Boula. His brother, Al Saadi, and other Gaddafi loyalists have already gathered to seek refuge, reports the Associated Press.

Interpol, the world police body, urged Saif al-Islam to come forward five days ago, reports the Khaleej Times.  

“Following my discussions with (ICC) Prosecutor (Luis) Moreno-Ocampo, we agree that it is in the best interests of Seif Al-Islam Gaddafi as well as in the interests of justice that he surrender himself as swiftly as possible and face the charges levelled against him,” said Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble in a joint statement between the ICC and Interpol.

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According to Reuters, Saif al-Islam was planning on using a forged passport to flee the country. He is a fluent English speaker who studied at the London School of Economics.

Previously, conflicting reports about Saif al-Islam's fate had been circulating. According to Press TV, some news outlets stated that he was captured and wounded when Sirte was taken. Other reports claimed that he lost his arm.

Highlights of GlobalPost's coverage on Gaddafi's capture.