Saif al-Islam, the son of Muammar Gaddafi, who has been on the wanted list of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the alleged murders of civilian protesters, was caught in southern Libya near Ubari.
Caught and detained
The 39-year-old has been on the run, he has been elusive since the National Transitional Council had forced his father from Tripoli when it took over power of the capital at the end of summer. He was caught and detained with two sides who were trying to make their move in running to Niger.
Saif al-Islam was moved to Zintan in western Libya where a video by Al Jazeera showed him in custody, exiting an aircraft and being moved into a vehicle. This is a dangerous man, who was presumed as being the air to power. A man who’s contacts with the Western world helped Libya’s pariah status to be ended.
He had already made it clear that he did not like the uprising that was seen at the start of the year which ended with his father, Muammar Gaddafi, being killed by those who were against the tyrant and his time in power.
The younger Gaddafi had made threats of ‘rivers of blood’ if his fellow countrymen did not stop from protesting against the government, during this time he had been the head of loyalist forces in the enclave of Bani Waled.
Due to the crimes he is being linked to the Libyan government have been told that they need to cooperate with the ICC and hand over al-Islam without causing undue unrest. In the event that the Libyan government would like to hold a trial in their nation then they will need to show that a ‘genuine and capable national prosecution’ can be carried out.
His father’s death occurred when he tried to escape from his hometown of Sirte amongst violence and mayhem. How he died has been well known, shots to the body and then finally to the head. But why he was killed has led to conflicting accounts, the Human Rights Watch have said that they have evidence that hints that he was executed.
Saif al-Islam will be moved to the ICC, and Amnest International have called on the NTC to help this happen. Mustafa Abdel Jalil, NTC Chairman, has said that initial reactions and reasons floating around were revealed that he had been killed in the crossfire, it was only later that a shift in view happened with many believing he was shot by loyalists to silence him.