Al-Saadi Gaddafi, third son of ousted Libyan leader of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, has joined several family members on Interpol’s most wanted list. At the request of Libya’s National Transitional Council, Interpol has issued a red notice for the arrest of Saadi. If arrested he would be returned to Libya. His name joins that of his father, his brother Saif al-Islam, and Gaddafi’s brother-in-law, former Intelligence Chief Abdullah Al-Senussi, who are each subject to Interpol red notices due to the outstanding arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court.
According to CTV
, Interpol announced that the notice was based on accusations that Saadi
misappropriated property and engaged in armed intimidation when he headed the Libyan Football Federation. Currently Saadi is enjoying a sojourn in neighboring Niger and the authorities there are not obliged to comply with the Interpol notice.
Earlier this month Saadi was given leave to stay in Niger on humanitarian grounds. CNN
reported that Niger Justice Minister Marou Amadou confirmed Saaid, along with several former Gaddafi regime officials, were in a safehouse in the country’s capital of Niamey. Amadou said
“Niger is honoring its international obligations in accordance with the Geneva conventions”
and was fearful Saadi would be executed if he was returned to Libya.
According to the Telegraph
, Saadi was staying in luxurious surroundings befitting his extravagant playboy lifestyle. Niger is of course indebted to Col. Gaddafi for his largess towards his poorer neighbor. Speaking of the Libyan guests residing in Niger’s Villa Verde, Amadou said
“We don't know if they will stay in the long term because we did not invite them. But remember Libya is a country at war so we cannot throw them back. At the same time we will uphold international obligations not to allow anyone subject to a travel ban to leave to another country. So they are stuck."
It is not yet known how Niger will respond to the Interpol red notice. They may continue to provide sanctuary to Saadi or hand him over to a Libyan delegation.