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Gadhafi son Saadi extradited

March 6, 2014

Niger has extradited the son of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi, according to the Libyan government. Saadi Gadhafi has arrived in Tripoli and been brought to a prison.

Al Saadi Gaddafi Sohn von Muammar Gaddafi Porträt
Image: Reuters

"The Libyan government received today Saadi Gadhafi and he arrived in Tripoli," the cabinet of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said in a statement on Thursday.

Libya's interim government had been seeking the extradition of Saadi, who took refuge in the country's southern neighbor Niger after the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled his father.

Libyan authorities thanked the Niger government for its cooperation in handing over Saadi and promised he would be treated "in accordance with international law."

A government-backed militia website showed what it said were photos of Saadi wearing a blue prison uniform, while Libyan news websites ran pictures showing him with his head shaved in prison.

Saadi, who is the former commander of Libya's special forces and an ex-footballer, is one Gadhafi's seven sons. He is not wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), however, unlike his brother Seif al-Islam. But Libya wants to try him for allegedly misappropriating property by force and alleged armed intimidation while he was head of the country's football federation.

dr/hc (Reuters, dpa, AP)