Libyan rebel fighters from Zintan have reportedly captured Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, in the Southern Sahara region of Libya.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been reportedly captured by Libyan fighters in the Libyan Sahara, close to the town of Obari. The information was released by Bashir al-Tlayeb, commander of a Zintan Brigade, and confirmed by Libyan justice minister Mohammed al-Alagi.
The Guardian reported al-Alagi said "We have arrested Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in [the] Obari area" as he said Saif appeared to be in good health. Saif was arrested along with two aides who were apparently trying to smuggle him into neighbouring Niger.
The National Transitional Council has a history of announcing arrests in error but on this occasion a Reuters reporter was on the same plane that transported Saif north from the Sahara to the mountain town of Zintan, where Saif was placed in custody at the military base.
The Tripoli Post reported that Saif did not put up a fight when he was arrested in one of two SUV vehicles. He received humane treatment from his Zintan captors who have a reputation for treating those captured well.
Saif was wearing traditional robes when captured, with a scarf over his face. In spite of refusing to confirm his identity, a photograph released of the prisoner appeared to be a likness of Saif, sporting injuries to a hand, disproving earlier reports that said he had lost both arms in a blast.
Libya wants to put Saif Gaddafi on trial in spite of the arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court.[i]Digital Journal reported on ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo stating he had been in informal negotiations for Saif to turn himself in, but wanting reassurances he would not be returned to Libya but to the Hague.
Following the brutal death of his father and brother at the hands of Libyan rebel fighters, the eyes of the world will be on the fate of Saif. The NTC have a duty to protect him from death at the hands of a mob if they want to present themselves as a legitimate body.