TRIPOLI: Libya decided on Tuesday to rehabilitate the family of the late king Idriss, who was overthrown by Muammar Gaddafi, himself toppled and killed in a 2011 uprising after four decades in power.
A decree issued by the government stipulates that the heirs of Idriss al-Senussi will regain their Libyan nationality and recover property confiscated by Gaddafi.
Idriss, who became king in 1951 after Libya was the first North African country to gain independence, was overthrown in 1969.
Following the coup, the royal family was held under house arrest, its members stripped of their nationality and their property and assets seized. The family was later expelled from the country.
Idriss sought refuge in Cairo, where he lived until his death in 1983 at the age of 94.
The rest of the family obtained political exile status in Britain, including Idriss’ grand nephew and heir-apparent, Muhammad al-Senussi.
[September 12 2011]
Marou Adamou, Niger’s justice minister said Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi was in a convoy of nine people. They were intercepted heading in the direction of Agadez,
Gaddafi’s Southern army generals arrive in Niger Agadez Niger Officials said General Ali Kana, a Tuareg in charge of Col Gaddafi’s southern troops has fled to Niger, .
Two sources said the group included four top officials, amongst them two generals. A local administrator said the other general was Ali Sharif al-Rifi, Gaddafi’s commanding officer of the Libyan air force. The four top officials were staying at the Etoile du Tenere hotel, a luxurious hotel in the outskirt of the town, said to be owned by Gaddafi, where the Libyan leader stayed during a Muslim holiday in 2007.
“The group arrived in four four-wheel-drive vehicles on Thursday afternoon,” one of the sources said, adding that they had been accompanied by Nigerien security forces.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Gaddafi was “on the run” but that he had no precise information about his location. “I wish I knew,” Panetta said. A second U.S. official said that one of the convoys was of a “configuration” which suggested it was carrying high-ranking figures from Gaddafi’s government. A Niger customs official says Mansour Dhao, head of Gaddafi’s security brigades, has arrived in the capital Niamey at the head of a Libyan convoy.Customs official Harouna Ide says Mansour Dao was at the head of the convoy when it entered the city September 6. Libyan southern army caravan arrived in the town of Agadez Niger late on September 5, is now heading for Niger’s capital, Niamey. Abdoulaye Harouna, owner of the Agadez Info newspaper, said he saw the group arrive Monday in several dozen pickup trucks. He said Tuesday morning that they were headed toward the capital, Niamey, a drive of some 600 miles (965 kilometers). The capital is in Niger’s southwestern corner near the nation of Burkina Faso, where toppled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been offered asylum.
At the head of the convoy, Harouna said, was Tuareg rebel leader Rissa ag Boula, a native of Niger who led a failed war of independence on behalf of ethnic Tuareg nomads a decade ago. He then sought refuge in Libya and was believed to be fighting on behalf of Gadhafi.
Niamey lies in Niger’s extreme south-west, 950km (600 miles) from Agadez and close to the border with Burkina Faso, which has offered Col Gaddafi asylum. Monday’s convoy included officers from Libya’s southern army battalions and pro-Gaddafi Tuareg fighters, and likely crossed from Libya into Algeria before entering Niger to circle the Aïr Massif. The commander of Libya’s southern forces, General Ali Khana, may also be in Niger, not far from the Libyan border. Gaddafi and his son Saif would join Khana and catch up with the convoy should they choose to accept Burkina Faso’s offer of exile. On September 5, the head of Gaddafi’s security brigades, Mansour Dhao, along with more than 10 other Libyans, crossed into Niger. The uranium mines of Arlit brought unprecedented growth to the region. Lying in the midst of desert north of the 17th parallel, the Aïr plateau, with an average altitude between 500 and 900 m, forms an island of Sahel climate which supports a wide variety of life.