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Tripoli falls: Saif Gaddafi arrested; brother Mohammad surrenders

Monday August 22, 2011 12:47:19 PM, Agencies

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Tripoli: Even as the Libyan rebel forces claim capturing Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam, there are reports that his eldest son Mohammad Gaddafi has surrendered. He spoke to Al Jazeera channel shortly afterwards.

 

While talking to Al Jazeera he looks apologetic and said it was a lack of wisdom that caused the revolution and crisis in Libya.

 

"I've never been a government or security official, however I can tell you the absence of wisdom and foresight is what brought us to here today. Our differences could have been solved easily," Al Jazeera quoted him as saying.

 

"I'm being attacked right now," he said. "This is gunfire inside my house, they're inside my house. There is no God but Allah - no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger."

 

As he spoke, his house was attacked and shot at and the interview ended with the sound of gunfire.

 

The head of the National Transitional Council later told Al Jazeera that Mohammed was not hurt.

 

"Neither Mohamed Muammar Gaddafi nor any one of his family was harmed," Mustafa Abdel Jalil said. "He will remain in his house, and I guarantee his safety."

 

There was no word on the whereabouts of Gaddafi himself. Gaddafi has delivered a series of angry and defiant audio messages in recent days, vowing not to surrender. In the latest one, he acknowledged that opposition forces were moving into Tripoli and warned the city would be turned into another Baghdad.

 

"How come you allow Tripoli, the capital, to be under occupation once again?" he said. "The traitors are paving the way for the occupation forces to be deployed in Tripoli."

 

Earlier, the rebel leadership said that Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, had been arrested in a tourist village in western Tripoli.

 

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, confirmed Saif al-Islam had been detained and said the ICC would speak to the rebel National Transitional Council about his transfer to The Hague where the court is based.

 

Saif al-Islam, his father and Libya's intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, were indicted earlier this year for allegedly ordering, planning and participating in illegal attacks on civilians in the early days of the violent crackdown on anti-regime protesters.

 

Earlier, Euphoric Libyan rebels had moved into the centre of the capital, Tripoli, as Muammar Gaddafi's defenders melted away and thousands of jubilant civilians rushed out of their homes to cheer the long convoys of pickup trucks packed with fighters shooting in the air.

 

The rebels' surprising and speedy leap forward, after six months of largely deadlocked civil war, was packed into just a few dramatic hours. By nightfall on Sunday, they had advanced more than 32km to Tripoli.

 


 


 

 

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