Quaddafi's son arrested With ICC Warrant Print
Written by Viara Zaprianova   
Monday, 22 August 2011 22:18

The Rebel Council Members leadership in Libya announced that insurgents had captured, Colonel Quaddafi's son. Seif al-Islam el-Quaddafi was giving a phone interview

to Al Jazeera television, confirming that he was under house arrest, when gunfire broke out and the line cut off.

"The revolutionaries stormed the television building...after killing the soldiers surrounding it. It is now under their control," the spokesman said. He was speaking after

television screens airing the Jamahiriyah station went blank.

A column of hundreds of rebel fighters and pickup trucks carrying rocket launchers moved through the Libyan capital towards the central Green Square on Monday, a

Reuters reporter in the city said.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued in June an arrest warrant for Quaddafi, his son and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi on charges of crimes

against humanity after the UN Security Council referred the Libyan situation to the court in February.

Rebel National Transitional Council Coordinator Adel Dabbechi confirmed Saturday night that Quaddafi's younger son Saif had been captured. The International Criminal

Court in The Hague confirmed he had been held and said he should be handed over for trial.

Muammar's  other son Khamis was leading a military force towards central Tripoli, Al Arabiya TV said on Tuesday, citing rebel sources. The Dubai-based channel said the

forces departed from Quaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound.

NATO and American officials have expected control of Tripoli which will establish the end of the longtime Libyan leader ruling, but now are in doubt.

The rebels' Transitional National Council - TNC  is largely unknown to the Libyan people and to the International Community. So who is going to lead Libya after

Quaddafi's regime ends. It is obvious that it is not up to the U.S. or France to decide a leader like they did in Iraq.

Now is the time for the international community to engage with the TNC and with Libyan in exile, but also with pro-Quaddafi tribal leaders to help the Libyans peace-

building process and democratic coalition government.

One of the major mistakes the U.S. made in Iraq was dictating who can and cannot participate in the democratization of the post-war institution building process and

democratic governance. 


Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 06:17