TRIPOLI, Libya – Saif al-Islam, the fugitive son of Libya’s former leader Moammar Gaddafi, was arrested in southern desert near Ubari, Libya's interim justice minister and other officials have said.
|Saif al-Islam was arrested in Southern Libya|
Reportedly, Saif al-Islam and three armed companions were arrested by fighters from the western mountain city of Zintan on Saturday and immediately transported to Zintan Military Airport. The reports further suggested that he was arrested when he was trying to escape to Niger in a convoy. Angry mob tried to attack Saif al-Islam when he was shifted to Zintan Military base.
The British-educated 39-year-old Saif al-Islam was on the run since the fall of Libyan capital Tripoli in the hands of NTC fighters. He was also seen as Moammar Gaddafi’s heir apparent and the last key member of Gaddafi’s family arrested or captured in Libya.
The arrest of Saif al-Islam was celebrated across Libya. He is also wanted by International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity in Libya at The Hague. ICC had issued his arrest warrants in June. EU also urged Libya to try Saif al-Islam in cooperation with the ICC.
Reacting to the arrest news of Saif al-Islam; ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo said that Saif al-Islam would face justice. The prosecutor is expected to reach Libya to discuss where Saif al-Islam will be tried.