Saif al-Islam, ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son and heir apparent, has been detained in the southern city of Obari, officials announced Saturday. The 39-year-old was with bodyguards and reportedly not injured.
REUTERS - Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam has been captured, scared and with just a few thousand dollars, in the Libyan desert by fighters who vowed to hold him in the mountain town of Zintan until there was a government to hand him over to.
Saif al-Islam: from heir apparent to fugitive
“At the beginning he was very scared. He thought we would kill him,” Ahmed Ammar, one of his captors, told Reuters.
France 24's James Andre reports on Saif al-Islam's arrest from Libya
The fighters put him at ease, however, and he accepted that he would be taken to Zintan, a town in the western mountains south of Tripoli that was a stronghold of anti-Gaddafi rebels during the war.
“They may leave his fate to Zintanis but then where does that leave Libya’s embryonic judicial system? This is an acid test of the NTC’s authority.”
In pictures: Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam captured
Dressed in a long brown robe and a turban, former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, identified himself as “Abdelsalam” (a name that means ‘servant of peace’) at the time of his capture. (Photo: AFP)
After his arrest, Saif al-Islam was transported by plane to the western mountain town of Zintan, a former anti-Gaddafi stronghold just south of the capital Tripoli. (Photo: AFP)
Crowds of people swarm around the plane that carried Saif al-Islam after it lands. (Photo: AFP)
Gaddafi’s son and one-time heir apparent was reportedly in good health after his capture, saying that his bandaged hand had been wounded the month before during a NATO air strike. His fate now lies in the hands of Libya’s interim government. (Photo: AFP)
Throngs of people hit the streets in Libyan cities such as Tripoli and Benghazi to celebrate the news of Saif al-Islam’s apprehension. (Photo: AFP)
Date created : 2011-11-19