Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi, his special forces commander who fled abroad during Libya’s 2011 revolution, was imprisoned in Tripoli on March 6
Niger villa where Saadi lived
National Transitional Council officials also announced that one of Muammar Gaddafi’s sons, Mutassim Gaddafi, once the Libyan national security advisor, was killed in Sirte the same day [20 October 2011]. A video later surfaced showing Mutassim’s body lying in an ambulance. A video aired on Al Arrai television showed Mutassim alive and talking to his captors. The circumstances of his death are unclear.
Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi, his special forces commander who fled abroad during Libya’s 2011 revolution, was imprisoned in Tripoli on Thursday after Niger agreed to send him back from house arrest there. The extradition is a success for Zeidan, but also a test whether his weak government is able to hold such a high-profile prisoner and organize a fair trial in the political chaos that has followed the uprising. Seif Al-Islam,Saadi’s brother, is held by a militia in the western Libyan town of Zintan, which refuses to hand him over to the central government for trial.
Saadi Gaddafi’s refuge
Mutassim Gaddafi met with U.S. Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman in 2009, expressing a strong need for military support in Libya. Gaddafi warned, “There are 60 million Algerians to the West, 80 million Egyptians to the East, we have Europe in front of us, and we face Sub-Saharan Africa with its problems to the South.” He was concerned about upgrading Libya’s military equipment, and said he could purchase arms from Russia and China, but wanted to buy materiel from the United States. Have we got him?
In April 2009, Mutassim Gaddafi met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the highest-level diplomatic exchange between the two countries since they resumed diplomatic relations several years earlier. For Gaddafi, it was a serious display of his new responsibilities as the National Security Advisor. He overreached his role as NSA in 2008 by requesting $1.2 billion from the National Oil Corporation to form his own special forces brigade. Have we got him?
[September 12 2011]
Niger said on September 12 it is keeping the son of Muammar Gaddafi, Saadi, under surveillance and has not detained him.
“Nothing has changed in the government’s position. There is no international search for him. Like the others he is just under surveillance,” a government spokesman said, referring to other Gaddadfi loyalists who have recently fled to Niger.