Saadi Gaddafi, the son of Libya’s former dictator, was extradited by Niger on Thursday and immediately taken into custody in Tripoli, the Libyan government said.
Libya has been seeking Saadi's extradition ever since he fled the North African country shortly after his father was toppled in a NATO-back uprising in 2011.
“The Libyan government received today Saadi Gaddafi and he arrived in Tripoli,” the cabinet of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said in a statement.
Saadi, one of Muammar Gaddafi’s seven sons, was being held by judiciary police forces, the government said. It thanked Niger for its cooperation and said Saadi would be treated according to international justice standards for prisoners.
The website of a government-backed militia showed what it said were pictures of Saadi wearing a blue prison uniform, calling him a criminal. Libyan news websites also ran pictures showing him with his head shaven in prison.
Unlike Gaddafi’s most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, Saadi is not wanted by the International Criminal Court, but Libya wants to try him for allegedly misappropriating property by force and for alleged armed intimidation when he headed the Libyan Football Federation.
Saadi had a career as businessman and professional footballer.
The ICC has indicted Saif al-Islam for crimes against humanity. Saif, once viewed as a likely successor to his father, is being held by a militia in western Libya, where he is being tried on various charges.
Fighters from the western Zintan region caught Saif al-Islam in the southern desert a month after his father was captured and battered to death by a mob in 2011. The militia has defied an order from the government to deliver him to a jail in the capital.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)
Date created : 2014-03-06