Saif al-Islam Gaddafi arrested in Libya

20 November 2011

Deposed leader’s son captured in southern desert

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi and the last remaining member of the deposed Libyan ruler’s family in Libya has been arrested in the south of the country.

Caught fleeing the country, 39-year-old Saif al-Islam was taken to the town of Zintan. News of his capture prompted celebrations in Tripoli and was described as the “final chapter of the Libyan drama” by information minister Mahmoud Shammam.

“We will put him on trial in Libya and he will be judged by Libyan law for his crimes,” says Shammam. Gaddafi could be charged with instigating others to kill, misusing public funds and the recruitment of mercenaries, which carry the death penalty.

However, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has an arrest warrant for Gaddafi for crimes against humanity, including his indirect involvement in the deaths of opponents of his father’s regime.

Now only one senior Gaddafi regime figure remains at large; former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi.

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