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article imageLibya demands Niger extradites Saadi Gaddafi

By Katerina Nikolas     Feb 12, 2012 in World
Libya has demanded that authorities in Niger extradite Saadi Gaddafi, following an interview he gave in which he warned of a Libyan uprising.
Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) has demanded the extradition of Muammar Gaddafi's third son, Saadi Gaddafi, from neighbouring Niger. The demand comes after Saadi gave an interview in which he warned "There will be an uprising," as he spoke of the current climate in Libya.
Authorities in Libya, whom Saadi referred to as a "group of gangsters," were furious that Saadi had been allowed to make political comments. Mohammed Hareizi, spokesman for Libya's NTC, said Niger "should follow the Algerian government which prevented Qaddafi’s daughter from making statements or causing any trouble from their land" Alarabiya reported.
Niger has refused to hand Saadi Gaddafi over to the Libyan authorities, saying he risks being put to death. Their stance is well founded following the news that former Libyan diplomat Omar Brebesh was tortured to death whilst in detention by a militia group from Zintan. The death of Brebesh was confirmed by Human Rights Watch last week.
WSW reported that the body of Brebesh had "multiple injuries and fractured ribs" and "evidence of torture included welts and cuts on Brebesh’s body and the apparent removal of toenails." Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is currently detained by rebel militia in Zintan.
Niger Justice Minister Morou Amadou confirmed that Saadi Gaddafi will not be extradited to Libya in spite of demands, but that the country would be willing to extradite him to the Hague upon the request of the International Criminal Court.
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