Almost unrecognisable in traditional robes and a heavy black beard, Saif al-Islam, Colonel Gaddafi’s fugitive son, has been arrested in southwest Libya.
Detained by a militia force near the town of Obari, he was flown north to their base in Zintan where his removal from the plane was delayed because of a crowd on the runway.
Suffering a hand injury, Gaddafi’s son is otherwise said to be in good health. His capture sparked joy across Libya and calls for him to face justice at home.
“They stole our wealth, Libya’s wealth, and they killed Libya’s young people and they raped women. He has to be tried in Libya. It is essential,” said one unidentified Tripoli resident, amid the celebrations.
But after the brutal killing of Muammar Gaddafi during his capture last month, many outside Libya want the International Criminal Court to try Saif. And, having indicted father and son for crimes against humanity over the killing of demonstrators, the tribunal’s prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo is due in Libya next week.