Sunday 26 March 2017

Gaddafi's son 'wants to hand himself in to war court'

Barry Malone in Tripoli

SAIF al-Islam Gaddafi wants to turn himself in to the Hague war crimes court, a senior Libyan official revealed last night.

On the run in the desert, fearing for his life after his father was killed, and despairing of any safe haven across an African border, the 39-year-old, who many once assumed would inherit power from Muammar Gaddafi, now sees a Dutch prison cell as his best option, the official said.

With him is former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, the third man indicted along with the two Gaddafis by the International Criminal Court (ICC) after their crackdown on the popular revolt that began in February.

"They are proposing a way to hand themselves over to The Hague," said Abdel Majid Mlegta, a senior official for the National Transitional Council (NTC). NTC forces toppled Gaddafi and overran his final bastion of Sirte a week ago, capturing him before he was killed.

An ICC spokesman said it had no confirmation of talks.

Irish Independent

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