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Libya says Saif to be tried at home

The Libyan information minister says Muammar Gaddafi's son and one-time heir apparent will be tried at home and will not be handed over to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

world Updated: Nov 21, 2011 01:53 IST

The Libyan information minister says Muammar Gaddafi's son and one-time heir apparent will be tried at home and will not be handed over to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Mahmoud Shammam says Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) will discuss its decision with the ICC's chief prosecutor when he visits Libya on Monday. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is wanted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity.

The prized capture
"At the beginning he was very scared. He thought we would kill him," said Ahmed Ammar, one of the 15 fighters who captured Gaddafi. The fighters, from Zintan's Khaled bin al-Waleed Brigade, intercepted the fugitives' two 4x4 vehicles 40 miles out in the desert. "But we talked to him in a friendly way and made him more relaxed and we said, 'We won't hurt you'." The capture of Saif al-Islam is the latest dramatic chapter in the series of revolts that have swept the Arab world. The first uprising toppled the Ben Ali government in Tunisia early this year.