Muammar Gaddafi's son appears to have disappeared in the Sahara Desert and could remain hidden for months as the International Criminal Court and Libya's new rulers argue about who should try him.
Nothing has been heard of Seif al-Islam Gaddafi since sources said almost a week ago that Tuareg nomads were escorting him and that he was close to the Mali border.
Mali legislator Ibrahim Ag Mohamed indicated Gaddafi is not in Mali or Niger.
Gaddafi could be feeding disinformation as he considers his options out in the desert that is impossible to police and favored by other outlaws like drug dealers and al-Qaida fighters.
Various sources indicate he could be plotting a counterrevolution, scheming about a getaway to a friendly country, or negotiating his surrender.