Libyans bring down Gaddafi’s luxurious home

Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s luxurious home, Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, was torn down on Monday by bulldozers.

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2011, 18:10 PM IST

Tripoli: Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s luxurious home, Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, was torn down on Monday by bulldozers.

Libyans watched as the walls, which once protected Gaddafi were torn down, the Daily Mail reports.

Meanwhile, almost 25,000 have left fearing retribution from Misrata.

Misrata officials have accused the Tawerghans, some of them descendants of African slaves, of particular brutality during the war, including alleged acts of rape and looting.

Recent reports have claimed that Gaddafi`s son Saif-al-Islam has hired a group of South African mercenaries to help him to move to a friendly African nation.

Earlier, The Hague-based International Criminal Court had said that 39-year-old Saif had been in contact with them through intermediaries to discuss the possibility of surrendering for trial.

According to information received by the court, he had taken refuge with Tuareg nomads, who his family had helped financially in the past, in the borderlands between Libya and Niger.

"There are some people connected with him that are in touch with people connected with us ... it`s through intermediaries," the paper quoted ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, as saying.

"We have some information that there is a mercenary group trying to help him to move to a different country, so we are trying to prevent this activity. We are also working with some states to see if we can disrupt this attempt. Some of them are South Africans allegedly,” Ocampo added.

ANI