Forces from Libya’s new government have tightened their siege on Bani Walid, where some suspect fugitive leader Muammar Gaddafi may be sheltering.
The interim ruling National Transitional Council has sent envoys to neighbouring Niger to try to stop the ousted leader from seeking refuge there.
But some are confident Gaddafi is closer to home and say they have him in their sights.
“We are tracking his movements, he’s moving in a small convoy of cars trying to avoid any attention from NATO or the rebels. We have successfully located the area of 60 square kilometres where he’s moving,” said Anis Sharif, spokesman for Tripoli Military Council.
Gaddafi has told a sympathetic Syrian TV station that he is still in Libya, vowing to fight on.
NATO says it has no information on his whereabouts and it is not tracking him as that is not part of its mandate.
But the International Criminal Court is asking Interpol to issue a red notice arrest warrant for Gaddafi, already wanted for crimes against humanity.
Meanwhile the head of Libya’s central bank has claimed that during the last days of the regime, Gaddafi sold more than 20 percent of the country’s gold reserves, worth more than 700 million euros.
Twenty nine tonnes was sold to local businesses at knockdown prices as the government was running out of cash.
“You must understand that the old regime did not declare all their money via the bank system. It was kept outside the bank sector,” said Qassim Azzuz, Governor of the Central Bank of Libya.
Libya’s financial system is only just beginning to get back on its feet after months of sanctions and war.
What is expected to be a long search for the hidden billions that Gaddafi and his regime are said to have siphoned off abroad, is also only now getting underway.