The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has given an extraordinary interview by phone with Libyan state television blaming the revolt against his rule on al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden.
Bin Laden, he said, was the real criminal.
Gaddafi said he himself had only moral authority in Libya and likened himself to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.
He offered his condolences to those who had died in the fighting uprising.
And he called on people in Zawiyah 50 kilometres from the capital Tripoli to disarm the protesters, who he said had been taking hallucinogenic drugs.