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article imageNTC commander admits did not capture Moussa Ibrahim

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 1, 2011 in World
It appears that news of the capture of Gaddafi's spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, was premature. Although an NTC commander announced Ibrahim was caught on Thursday, the fighters' high command now say that he was not captured.
Libya’s new National Transitional Council has once again been using the propaganda war to disseminate false information, this time regarding the capture of Gaddafi spokesman Moussa Ibrahim. After announcing on Thursday that Ibrahim was captured as he tried to flee Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte, with the added rumour he was dressed as a woman, it now turns out this information was as disingenuous as the news that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi had been capture in Tripoli.
According to Al Arabaiya “the fighters’ high command in Libya’s third-largest city Misrata said it had been informed Ibrahim had not been captured, although members of his family were.” I reported yesterday that it was reasonable to assume the news of Ibrahim’s capture may simply be rebel propaganda, considering the NTC track record of claiming false events which would lower morale amongst pro-Gaddafi loyalists.
A report from Russia Today indicates that civilians caught in the cross fire in Sirte are suffering from deprivations and the situation has given rise to a serious humanitarian crisis in the city. The number of civilian deaths is unclear at this point, but RT report that on Friday alone there were 20 civilian deaths from NATO bombing.
Another blow for the NTC is Niger’s announcement that they will not be extraditing Saadi Gaddafi despite the Interpol red notice that was issued at the request of the Libya’s interim government. Niger’s Prime Minister Bragi Rafini stated that Gaddafi’s son will remain in Niamey, saying “There's no question of him being extradited to Libya for the moment” because he would not receive a fair trial, the BBC reports.
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