An unnamed official from Libya's National Transitional Council has disclosed that Khamis Gaddafi, fifth son of slain Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, is still alive. According to IB Times
the information came directly from captured Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who confessed to interrogators that his younger brother was not only alive, but gave away his whereabouts.
According to the NTC official, Khamis has been located in Terhouna, 90 km southeast of Tripoli, the Hindustan Times
reported. NTC forces expect to have him in custody soon. Khamis was in charge of a feared brigade of fighters that were involved in quelling the rebellion in Benghazi and Mistrata.
It is unusual to see a report of Khamis being alive by the NTC, as their ususal habit is to declare Khamis is killed, which they have done on several occasions, including March, April and August of 2011. The final report of his death came on Aug. 29 when NTC Colonel Al-Mahdi al-Haragi said
"Khamis was badly wounded in the clash near the town of Bani Walid, south-east of Tripoli. He was taken to a hospital but died of his wounds and was buried in the area.â€ť Digital Journal.
Pro-Gaddafi sources also confirmed the death of Khamis in August, in October.
If Khamis is indeed still alive it would raise the question of what possible motive Saif Gaddafi could have to turn him in. Until the NTC provides firm visual proof that Khamis is alive, the report from an NTC official carries little credibility.