Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was betrayed to his captors by Yusef Saleh al-Hotmani, a Libyan nomad who says he was hired to help Muammar Gaddafi’s son escape to neighbouring Niger on the promise he would be paid one million euros. Ten fighters from Zintan, in the western mountains and five from Hotmani’s own tribe, al-Hotman, were waiting.On the night of Saif al-Islam’s capture, Hotmani said he was travelling with Saif al-Islam’s personal guard in the first car of their convoy. At first, we took down the personal bodyguard, not more than 30 seconds.They then shot and disabled Saif al-Islam ‘s car. “He tried to escape by getting out of the car. He tried to escape because this is what they do. But there was no escape,” he said.
It is unclear if Hotmani had planned to ensnare Saif al-Islam from the moment he linked up with the fugitive’s group in the Sahara desert, or if he defected when he had doubts about his payment and feared that he might be killed.
[November 20]Militia units surrounded a house where Senussi was holed up. He was arrested at his sister’s house in the desert town of Birak, Senussi is being held in custody in Sabha. The arrest means that all leading figures from the Gaddafi regime have now either been killed, captured or driven into exile. Abdullah Senussi (born 5 December 1949) was the brother-in-law of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the late Libyan leader.
[November 20 10 am]Saif al-Islam was captured along with several aides without a shot being fired at 2 a.m. in the morning about 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Ubari Airport with infected fingers, injured he said in an earlier air strike. He was flown Zintan in western Libya.