TRIPOLI (AFP) – Murdered Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s fugitive son and one-time heir apparent Seif al-Islam has been arrested in southern Libya, a senior National Transitional Council official said Saturday.
Seif al-Islam, 39, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), was “arrested in southern Libya” by former rebel forces, NTC justice minister Mohammed al-Allagui told AFP, declining to give any details.
As the last top figure of the Kadhafi family to have evaded capture or not to have escaped abroad, news of his arrest was greeted in Tripoli by gunmen firing into the air in celebration and the honking of car horns.
It came a day before the NTC was expected to name a new government and three months after Seif al-Islam was last seen in public.
The operations chief of the victorious rebels in Zintan, one of their strongholds during the eight-month conflict, Bashir Taib, told a news conference that his fighters had arrested Seif along with three aides in the Ubari region of southern Libya, an escape route to Algeria and Niger.
Kadhafi’s son was being taken to Zintan, 170 kilometres (110 miles) southwest of Tripoli, he said, adding that it was up to the NTC to decide on whether he would be transferred to the ICC.
Note by the editor: The world will judge the new Libyan Government by how Saiful Islam Kadhafi will be treated. Interestingly, so far, he is under the control of a regional militia and not the Central Government.
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