Interpol Issues Gaddafi Arrest Warrant

The International Police Organization has officially joined the hunt for fallen Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, even as more officials allied with the former strongman continue to seek refuge in nearby Niger.

The Interpol issued an arrest warrant for Gaddafi on Friday. Red notices, the Interpol’s highest alert notice, were also issued for Gaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, and Abdullah al-Senussi, the former Libyan intelligence chief. The warrants allow the Interpol’s 188 member nations to arrest the three men. If arrested, Gaddafi and the two other wanted men will be turned over to the International Criminal Court, which requested for the warrants. “Gaddafi is a fugitive whose country of nationality and the ICC want arrested and held accountable for the serious criminal charges that have been brought against him,” Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said.

The issuance of the warrants coincided with the arrival of 14 Gaddafi loyalists in Niger, Reuters said in a report. Among the high-ranking officials who arrived in a convoy of vehicles was Gen. Ali Kana, the commander of Gaddafi’s southern troops.