Saif al-Islam was last night preparing to hand himself in to the International War Crimes Court.
Thursday October 27,2011
By Laura Holland
COLONEL GADDAFI’S fugitive son Saif al-Islam was last night preparing to hand himself in to the International War Crimes Court.
The tyrant’s “favourite” son was said to be in the desert 100 miles southeast of Tripoli after escaping the scene of his father’s death.
However, yesterday he and former intelligence officer Abdullah al-Senussi were ready to give themselves up to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, according to senior Libyan military official Abdel Majid Mlegta.
Mr Mlegta said his information came from intelligence sources who told him that Saif and Senussi were trying to broker a deal to surrender through a neighbouring country.
He added: “They are proposing a way to hand themselves over.”
Saif, 39, and Senussi believe it is not safe for them to remain in Libya or to go to Algeria or Niger – where Gaddafi family members are already sheltering.
“They feel that it is not safe for them to stay where they are or to go anywhere,” Mlegta said. A spokesman for the war crimes court last night said they did not have confirmation of the claims, but were trying to contact Libya’s National Transitional Council.
Saif and Senussi believe it is not safe for them to remain in Libya or to go to Algeria or Niger
British-educated Saif has been on the run since Libyan forces overran his father’s home town of Sirte. He was believed to have been critically injured when his convoy was hit by an RAF bombing raid in the hours after Gaddafi was killed.
He and Senussi are wanted for crimes against humanity for their roles in the violent crackdown on protesters in February.