Conflict & Justice

Moussa Ibrahim, spokesman for Muammar Gaddafi, reportedly captured in Libya


Moussa Ibrahim, spokesman for the Libyan regime, speaks at a press conference in Tripoli, on July 29, 2011.



Security forces have captured Moussa Ibrahim, spokesman for Muammar Gaddafi, on the one-year anniversary of the former dictator's death, the Libyan government announced today.

The Prime Minister's office said Ibrahim was arrested about 40 miles south of the capital Tripoli in an area where Gaddafi loyalists remain powerful, BBC reported.

"Moussa Ibrahim has been arrested by forces belonging to the Libyan government in the town of Tarhouna, and he is being transferred to Tripoli to begin interrogation," a statement from Prime Minister Ali Zidan said, according to BBC.

Ibrahim became a well-known face and figure as he held numerous press conferences with foreign journalists during last year's uprising.

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The Libyan government didn't provide evidence of the arrest, which leaves some sceptical of the report, Al Jazeera reported.

The news network said government forces have been trying to capture those connected to Gaddafi for three weeks at Bani Walid, a town with strong Gaddafi support.

Ibrahim studied in England, talked of cycling the English countryside and married a German woman who stood by him during the uprising, The Telegraph said.

He acted as public relations director for the Gaddafi regime, delivering press conferences in fluent English and touring journalists to NATO bomb sites, The Telegraph reported.

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