Wednesday 29 March 2017

Deposed leader has €1.1m price on head

Martin Evans in Tripoli

A €1.1M bounty has been offered to anyone who captures Col Muammar Gaddafi -- dead or alive.

As the hunt for the deposed dictator continued last night, the rebel leadership also offered members of his inner circle an amnesty if they turn him in.

The reward, which was put up by wealthy Libyan businessmen, has been approved by the National Transitional Council (NTC) -- the country's de facto government -- which is desperate to capture Gaddafi and bring an end to the six-month revolution.

Mustafa Abdel Jalil, who heads the council, said: "The NTC supports the initiative of businessmen who are offering two million dinars (€1.1m) for the capture of Muammar Gaddafi, dead or alive."

Gaddafi claimed to have made a "tactical" withdrawal from his Bab al-Azizia compound as the rebel forces closed in.

In a message to his opponents, he even claimed to have taken a discreet tour of the capital without feeling in any danger.

British security sources have said they believe he has not left the capital, but, with no public appearances for more than two months, those hunting him have begun to cast the net outside the city. It is thought he may have fled unseen, using a vast network of tunnels that snake under Tripoli.

Rebel leaders warned that he might try to flee Libya by dressing in women's clothes.

In a recorded address from an unknown location, Gaddafi called on the people of Tripoli to rise up and liberate the city from the rebels, whom he described as "devils and traitors". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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