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Old 10-28-2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at The Hague said on Friday that he had been in indirect contact with Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the fugitive son of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and his one-time heir apparent, about turning himself in to face trial before the court. Seif al-Islam ...
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ICC fears son of Libya's Gaddafi may flee justice
Sat Oct 29, 2011 - The International Criminal Court said Saturday that Libya's Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was in contact via intermediaries about surrendering for trial, but it also had information mercenaries were trying to spirit him to a friendly African nation.
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U.S. military and government representatives held security talks in neighboring Niger with local officials in Agadez, which has been a way station for other Libyan fugitives, including another son of Muammar Gaddafi, Saadi. A Reuters reporter saw a U.S. military plane at Agadez airport. A top Agadez regional official declined to say what the talks with the Americans were about, but spoke of escape plans by Saif al-Islam and former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, both wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity.

"Senussi is being extricated from Mali toward a country that is a non-signatory to the (ICC) convention. I am certain that they will both (Senussi and Saif al-Islam) be extricated by plane, one from Mali, the other from Niger," said the official, who asked not to be named. He said there were at least 10 airstrips in the north of Niger near the Libyan border that could be used to whisk Saif al-Islam out of the country. A member of parliament from northern Mali, Ibrahim Assaleh Ag Mohamed, denied Senussi was in his country and said neither he nor Saif al-Islam would be accepted if they tried to enter.

The arrival of the U.S. delegation followed remarks by Mohamed Anako, president of Agadez region, who said he would give Saif al-Islam refuge. "Libya and Niger are brother countries and cousins ... so we will welcome him in," he said. The ICC has warned Saif al-Islam, 39, apparently anxious not to be captured by Libyan interim government forces in whose hands his father Muammar Gaddafi was killed last week, that it could order a mid-air interception if he tried to flee by plane from his Sahara desert hideout for a safe haven.

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Saturday 29 October 2011 - NTC says that the International Criminal Court should not be allowed to try Saif Gaddafi for his role in Libya's civil war
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Libyan officials are determined to resist attempts to bring Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, before the international criminal court, claiming he should instead face justice at home. Colonel Ahmed Bani, the military spokesman for Libya's interim rulers, said they were insistent that the international body should not win custody of its most wanted man. "We will not accept that our sovereignty be violated like that," he said. "We will put him on trial here. This is where he must face the consequences of what he has done. We will prove to the world that we are a civilised people with a fair justice system. Libya has its rights and its sovereignty and we will exercise them."

The gruesome scenes of his father's death give Gaddafi, 39, little incentive to surrender to the new rulers, or the rebel forces searching for him in the Sahara. It is understood that Gaddafi has acknowledged to the ICC and the National Transitional Council that he is aware of his father's brutal demise in his hometown of Sirte. Officials in Tripoli fear that the former heir apparent does not intend to surrender to The Hague, and is playing for time in an attempt to escape into a nearby African state.

The seven-month air blockade will be lifted on Tuesday, meaning that Gaddafi, who is believed to be in the south, may no longer have to fear the Nato jets that attacked a convoy carrying his father, as he attempted to flee from Sirte. A convoy carrying Saif was also hit by an airstrike as it began its journey south on 19 October from the desert town of Bani Walid, which he had used as a hideout since shortly after the fall of the capital. "We knew he was there, and we knew Motassim [his brother] was in Sirte," said Bani. "We intercepted a telephone call between them, and after that Saif went south." Since then, the ICC says that a go-between has been in contact, sounding out the court about Gaddafi handing himself in to face an indictment issued against him in June, which alleges that he incited people to murder during the eight-month civil war.

Luis Ocampo, the ICC chief prosecutor, said that a representative of Gaddafi had told the court that he would contest the serious charge against him, of committing crimes against humanity, and that he would be proved innocent. Bani said that the NTC believed Gaddafi was being protected by mercenaries who also helped evacuate two of his brothers, as well as his sister and mother, to Algeria in August, and who tried to aid his father's ill-fated escape from Sirte. "They are organised and clearly professional," he said. "We don't know who they are, but we suspect they are foreigners."

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