Abdul Jalil, Chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC), has denied that Khamis Gaddafi, son of slain ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been captured by NTC forces.
Speaking on Saturday evening Jalil told reporters "that the news about Khamis’ capture were baseless and mere rumours" theTripoli Post reported.
His denial followed reports that Khamis Gaddafi, reportedly killed in a NATO airstrike on August 29, had been captured close to the Tunisian border by forces from Zintan.
Digital Journal reported that the information regarding the alleged capture was provided by Abdelaziz Bakka, the administrative director of the Jebel Nefusa battalion. It was reported that Khamis had supposedly lost a leg.
Jalil went on to confirm that NTC forces are taking a strong line against pro-Gaddafi elements in Ban Walid, urging them to surrender. He also downplayed any risk of security threats, and referred to violence in al-Kufra as a tribal conflict. Jalil did not comment on Bakka's claims that captured Gaddafi loyalists had provided confessions containing information regarding pro-Gaddafi loyalists.
Jalil did however urge differing tribal factions to "reconcile their differences on the basis that they are all brothers and that God forbids them from harming each other," an extraordinary statement from a leader who presided over the NTC during the civil war, and whose council has now lost all semblance of authority in their protection of human rights.