Libyan officials are claiming Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam has proposed surrendering to the International Criminal Court rather than suffer the same fate as his father.
The NTC’s Abdel Majid Mlegta said Gaddafi wanted to go to The Hague with his father’s former intelligence chief and relative Abdullah al-Senussi. Both have already been indicted by the ICC for crimes against humanity during the attempted repression of the February revolution.
Al-Senussi and Saif al-Islam have reportedly failed to find a host country for exile and are thought to be hiding in the southern Libyan desert.
The desert has not finished with its store of secrets. Human rights activists claim to have found the bodies of 53 pro-Gaddafi loyalists shot dead in the courtyard of the Mahari hotel in Sirte.
“We think it’s very important that it’s properly investigated by the Transitional Council, and that those responsible are brought to account for the crimes they committed,” says the Human Rights Watch’s Peter Bouckaert.
An Arab tv crew has also released footage it says is of the body of Gaddafi, son Mo’Tassim, and the defence minister before being buried at a secret desert location.