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'Capture' causes concern for the West

Andrew Grice in London

Published 24/08/2011 | 05:00

Rebel fighters stand with their feet upon the head of a statue of Muammar Gaddafi after the storming of his Tripoli compound (AP)
Rebel fighters stand with their feet upon the head of a statue of Muammar Gaddafi after the storming of his Tripoli compound (AP)

THERE was international concern yesterday after Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam defied claims that he had been captured by speaking to Western media in a Tripoli hotel.

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The propaganda coup for the Gaddafi regime was discussed by the British government's National Security Council, which was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

There was alarm in government circles that the International Criminal Court (ICC) appeared to endorse claims by anti-Gaddafi forces on Monday that the Libyan dictator's favoured successor had been captured.

British officials do not believe that Saif escaped after being captured. They suspect there was a "miscommunication" between rebel fighters on the ground in Tripoli and their leaders that he was being held.

Foreign Secretary William Hague insisted that the world was now witnessing "the death throes of the Gaddafi regime". He said Gaddafi had been indicted by the ICC and the ideal was for him to answer that indictment. (© Independent News Service)

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