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article imageSaif Gaddafi reportedly asked captors to shoot him dead

By Katerina Nikolas     Nov 21, 2011 in World
As Saif al-Islam Gaddafi awaits his fate in a secret location in Zintan, new details have emerged regarding his capture. The head of the Zintan brigade has said that Saif asked his captors "to fire a bullet to his head."
Following his capture on Saturday Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is being held in a secret location in Zintan as Libyans argue over his fate. Libya's interim prime minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib is keen to dispell the negative impression that the barbaric murder of Col. Gaddafi sent out to the world, and the NTC is careful to send assurances that Saif is being cared for and well fed.
More details have begun to emerge regarding the capture of Saif al-Isalm, who according to a report in All Africa was betrayed by one of his bodyguards. Al-Ajmi al-Atiri, head of the Zintan brigade that captured Saif said "We received a tip-off from one of Saif's bodyguards. He told us he was thinking of fleeing to Niger. We set a trap and laid in wait. Two cars turned up with six people in them, including Seif. We arrested them with little resistance." He stated that Saif asked his captors "to fire a bullet to his head and take him (dead) to Zintan."Atiri's account contradicts that of fellow captor Ahmed Ammar, who reportedly said of Saif "At the beginning he was very scared. He thought we would kill him" the New Zealand Herald reported. Saif was taken without a fight and only carried a few thousand dollars on him.
Osama Jueili, the head of the Zintan Military Council, is responsible for keeping Saif secure. According to the Telegraph he said "We are hoping to keep him secure and that he will not escape this time. But we can't say what tomorrow will bring. Even in high security jails prisoners sometimes escape but we are doing our best." The international community has reacted favourably to Saif's capture. Russian representative Mikhail Margelov said "We are happy that this time the new authorities in Libya did not resort to summary justice for Saif al-Islam, the son of the ousted leader Gaddafi" implying that he believed the authorities were complicit in his lynching and murder.
Libya's prime minister described the capture of Saif as the crown of Libyan's sacrifices, assuring the world "We are going to show Saif al-Islam who we are -- we are not some armed band, we are freedom-seekers." Considering the number of armed bands wandering round the country dispensing summary justice this of course remains to be seen.
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