Gaddafi’s Son Arrested
Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, has been arrested by militias in the country’s southern desert, as the oil-rich country continues its rebuilding process following decades under the Gaddafi regime.
Saif, a 39-year-old British –educated reformer, did not resist when he was arrested. He was brought to the town of Zintan on Saturday. According to Reuters, Saif hesitated to disembark from the plane that brought him to Zintan for fear of meeting the same fate suffered by his father, who was beaten, shot, and killed when he was captured one month ago. “I’m staying here. They’ll empty their guns into me the second I go out there,” Reuters quoted Saif as saying.
Meanwhile, the revolutionary government’s information minister said Sunday that Saif will be tried in Libya and will not be handed over to the International Criminal Court. Minister Mahmoud Shammam said, according to Time that “the ICC is just a secondary court, and the people of Libya will not allow Saif al-Islam to be tried outside.”