Saadi Gaddafi willing to surrender: Rebels

Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of the deposed Libyan leader is willing to give himself up, a senior NTC official has claimed as the rebels held out that "they have a right" to kill the fallen dictator.

Updated: Aug 31, 2011, 23:45 PM IST

Cairo: Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of the
deposed Libyan leader is willing to give himself up, a senior
National Transition Council (NTC) official has claimed as the
rebels held out that "they have a right" to kill the fallen
dictator.

Abdelhakim Belhaj, the NTC military commander of Tripoli
told al-Jazeera that Saadi had called him and asked if he
could surrender.

"Saadi doesn`t want to leave Libya, he wants to talk to
the NTC and negotiate his surrender," Belhaj said, adding that
along with Saadi a number of other top ranking officials of
the Gaddafi regime including the former Prime Minister are
also ready to surrender.

Claiming that he had got to know the whereabouts of Saadi
from his phone call, Belhaj said the Transitional Council will
"treat properly" all those who surrender, but they would be
tried under international norms.

The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) has
already approved warrants for the arrest of Gaddafi and his
eldest son and heir apparent Saif-ul Islam on charges of
crimes against humanity.

Belhaj and other top rebel commanders have said that they
now have definitive information about the whereabouts of the
former despot. "We have information that is 80 per cent
certain that Gaddafi is still in Libya."

Catching Gaddafi has now become the prime target for the
rebels who claim to have overrun most areas of Libya and have
held out an ultimatum till Saturday for the surrender of
Gaddafi loyalists in Sirte, the hometown of the strongman.

PTI