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article imageLibya asks Niger to rethink asylum for Saadi Gaddafi

By Katerina Nikolas     Nov 15, 2011 in World
Tripoli - Libya's National Transitional Council has branded neighbouring Niger's decision to grant Al-Saadi Gaddafi humanitarian asylum a hostile one. It has asked Niger to rethink the decision.
Just days after President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger confirmed asylum on humanitarian grounds would be offered to Al-Saadi Gaddafi, third son of Libya's Col. Gaddafi, Libya has asked the neighbouring country to reconsider.
Libya's National Transitional Council has branded the decision a hostile one and warned it could threaten relations between the two countries. It took a similar stance when Algeria granted asylum to Gaddafi's wife and three children.
Abdel Hafidh Ghoga, vice chairman of Libya's NTC, said “Niger should not become an asylum for criminals. We ask Niger to review this unjustified decision. If Niger will harbor criminals wanted by the law, the hostile and unjustified decision will have an impact on our relations." (Al Arabiya)Saadi Gaddafi is subject to an Interpol Red Notice that was issued at the bequest of Libya's NTC. The international alert was issued in order to return Saadi to Libya "where an arrest warrant for him has been issued by the General Attorney at the Office of the Public Prosecutor." The authorities in Niger believe that it would be unsafe for any members of the Gaddafi family to be sent to Libya in the light of the murder of Col. Gaddafi and his son Mutassim.
Libya's new leaders have also demonstrably failed to address the issue of human rights abuses by NTC forces. They stand accused of allowing the torture of pro-Gaddafi loyalists, including former Libyan prime minister and UN Ambassador Abuzed Omar Dorda. However the return of Saadi would be a useful for the new regime to bring cohesion to the various factions who without the focus of fighting against Gaddafi have now turned to fighting each other.
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