Zintan frees Saif al-Islam


Saif al-Islam Gaddafi during an interrogation procedure on 22 June, 2014.   Saif, whose whereabouts are not known, was last seen by an independent international observer in June 2014.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said:

“I call on Libya and all other States, if in a position to do so, to immediately arrest and surrender Mr Gaddafi to the ICC.”



[June 11]

The Abu Bakr al-Sadiq Brigade, a militia of former rebels that controls the town of Zintan in western Libya, said Saif al-Islam was freed on June 9 “the 14th day of the month of Ramadan”, under an amnesty law promulgated by the parliament based in the east.   “We understand that a couple of days ago, a deputy justice minister of the government affiliated to the Tobruk-based parliament visited Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in the jail in Zintan and demanded his immediate release,” said Abdelwahed.   HoR, which does not recognise the other two governments’ leadership, is backed by renegade General Khalifa Haftar.

[ May 24  Manchester bomber connected to Saif al-Islam? ]


Saif al-Islam

Salman Abedi, 22. The Manchester bomber’s parents were Libyan refugees who returned in 2011 following Gaddafi’s overthrow, leaving only Salman and his older brother Ismail behind.   “He went to Libya three weeks ago and came back recently, like days ago.”   A group of Gaddafi dissidents, who were members of the outlawed Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), lived within close proximity to Abedi in Whalley Range.  The LIFG was effectively defeated on its home turf , Eastern Libya, by 1998. Its cadres fled first to Sudan and Afghanistan and Iraq where hundreds joined al-Qaida. It was officially disbanded in 2010.   At its peak the group had 1,000 active members, training camps in Afghanistan and a network of supporters and fundraisers in Libya, the Middle East and Europe.   In 2007, imprisoned LIFG leaders began a series of two-year talks with Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, the son of Muammar Qaddafi. These discussions were a result of an initiative led by Saif al-Islam Qaddafi.

In July 2016, one of Saif’s lawyers Karim Khan claimed that his client had been freed on 12 April of that year and transferred to a secret location after the government quashed his sentence, and that he would now petition the ICC to drop all charges against him. The claim hasn’t been independently verified. A Zintan military source denied that he had been released.

[April 30 2016 Gaddafi family in Oman]

Aisha Gaddafi moved to South Africa?

Aisha Gaddafi moved to South Africa?

Aisha Gaddafi on Google +

[March 28 2013]
Oman has granted asylum to some members of Muammar Gaddafi’s family, two of whom are wanted by Interpol, an Omani official said on Monday, but Libya said it was too early to talk about any possible extradition requests.

“Gaddafi’s wife, two sons and a daughter, as well as their children have been in Oman since October last year.”

“We have already accepted their request for asylum provided they don’t engage in political activities,” the official added.

The Omani official said that apart from Gaddafi’s widow Safia, his daughter Aisha and sons Mohammed and Hannibal were among those granted asylum.

Aisha and Hannibal are wanted by Interpol following a request from the Libyan authorities, but there is no international warrant for Mohammed or Safia.

Libyan foreign minister Mohamed Abdelaziz confirmed in Qatar that some members of Gaddafi’s family have moved from Algeria to Oman, saying an official announcement by the three countries was due to be issued later.

[March 22]
Algerians say Aisha and the other Gaddafi children living there have left. In view of the U.S. base for drones abuilding,it is unlikely they are in Niger as sometimes thought. Maybe South Africa?

Family members of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed on October 20 near his hometown of Sirte, soon intend to move to South Africa, Algeria’s Al-Shuruk newspaper reported last year, including his daughter Aisha and sons Muhammad and Hannibal who fled to Algeria, plan to travel to South Africa. Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, and Namibia would be the usual suspects. Air over water distance to Namibia is something over 3622 nautical miles, within the range of private jets.

A heavily guarded ‘gilded cage’ had been made available to house Aisha, her brothers, their wives and children and some servants just outside Algiers.

[December 11, 2012]
Aisha Gaddafi, the lawyer and most prominent member of the clan, had moved with her brother Hannibal and half-brother Mohammad to an African country after Mourad Medelci, the Algerian foreign minister, visited Tripoli earlier this year and promised to exercise tight control over the family.
Because of the UN flight ban on the Gaddafi inner circle, the siblings could most readily gain access to Niger, the impoverished Saharan state where a third brother, Saadi, lives on the presidential compound.
The family recently hired Tunisian lawyer Bashir al-Said to represent their campaign for an International Criminal Court investigation into Col Gaddafi’s death.
But the Algerians disrupted Miss Gaddafi’s discussions with her legal team, fearing she is engaged in political activities, something they have banned.
A deal between the Algerians and Libyan officials allowed Gaddafi’s widow to return to Libya as a free woman.
Safia, the former nurse who became Gaddafi’s second wife and mother of all but one of this children, was not a central player in the regime. The new Libyan government had no objection to her return to her hometown of Baida.
A family fixer with access to its financial funds visited Niger to arrange a reunion of the Gaddafi children in recent weeks.

[October 21]

Abdel Fattah Younes, Mohammed Khamis and Nasser Mahroum

Abdel Fattah Younes, Mohammed Khamis and Nasser Mahroum

Khamis Gaddafi’s body was found after a day of fighting between a pro-Gaddafi garrison and militias allied to the Libyan government.

Khamis never married, and was regarded as on the side of his older brother Moatasen, forming the “muscle” of the Gaddafi family, in contrast to Saif Al Islam, now in jail in Libya on war crimes charges, who until last year’s revolution portrayed himself as a political reformer.

There were conflicting reports about Khamis’ whereabouts, reportedly that he fled to Niger. Unlike his older brother Seif Al-Islam, Khamis is not wanted for crimes against humanity by the International Constitutional Court based in The Hague, Netherlands.

The presence of two such senior figures from the old order appears to confirm assertions by Libyan officials that Bani Walid had become a safe haven for former Gaddafi officials. “A lot of people who supported Gaddafi are hiding now in Bani Walid, we have a list of names,” said Libyan army spokesman Mohammed El Gandus.

The rest of Muammar Gaddafi’s clan is scattered. Wife Safiya is in Algeria, with eldest son Muhammad, fifth son Hannibal and their only daughter by birth, Aisha. Saadi Gaddafi has sought refuge in Niger, which refused bids to extradite him, while Saif is in custody. The whereabouts of the Colonel’s adopted daughter, Hana, is unknown.

[July 30 2011]”He [Younes]was a senior figure, and they’ve lost both his military expertise and his leadership, and again, it’s very unclear who was at fault here. We’ve seen reports that this was an internal matter,” said State Department’s deputy spokesman, Mark Toner.” voa


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