Gaddafi son allegedly killed, another flees rebel grip

Muammar Gaddafi’s son Khamis may have been killed, Reuters reported, citing Al Jazeera. Another son Mohammed, one of three Gaddafi sons captured by rebels Monday, has allegedly escaped house arrest with the help of loyalist fighters.

Two bodies have been found that could be those of Khamis and Gaddafi’s intelligence chief, Abdallah Senussi, Al Jazeera reported, citing unnamed sources.

As for Mohammed Gaddafi, he was captured on Monday night in his home. At the time of the assault on the house, a man identifying himself as Mohammed Gaddafi was giving a telephone interview to Al Jazeera. He claimed on air that his house was being attacked.

Two other sons of Muammar Gaddafi held by the rebels – Saif al-Islam and Saadi – remain in custody.

The International Criminal Court in The   Hague is currently holding talks with the Libyan transitional government about the surrender of Saif al-Islam, a top official in his father’s regime.

The court has arrest warrants for Gaddafi himself, his son Saif and  military intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi. They are wanted “for  crimes against humanity (murder and persecution) allegedly committed  across Libya from 15 February 2011 until at least 28 February 2011,  through the State apparatus and Security Forces.”

The ICC’s  spokesperson, Fadi El-Abdallah, said that as yet they do not have any  clear information on when Saif might be transferred. El-Abdallah added  that this was an important step for international justice in the  interests of the victims in Libya.

The ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, also confirmed that Saif had been detained by “rebel special forces.”

He made it clear there is an obligation to surrender Saif to the ICC in  accordance with Security Council resolution 1970, The Hague Justice  Portal reports.

The third son captured was  Saadi Gaddafi, a businessman and one-time professional soccer player.  He and Saif al-Islam had been detained by opposition forces prior to  Mohammed’s arrest, say rebel leaders.

The whereabouts of Muammar Gaddafi and his other four sons remains unknown.

( / 22.08.2011)

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