Libya’s prime minister says Colonel Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam will get a fair trial in his homeland.
The fugitive was detained by a militia force in the southwest of the country and then flown north to Zintan. His removal from the plane was delayed due a crowd on the runway.
Saif al-Islam is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity but the Libyan prime minister, Abdurrahim El-Keib, downplayed any conflict with the ICC.
He said he has faith in the justice system of the new Libya: “He will be treated as a human being with respect. So far you can make sure that he has been and he will continue to be and also then, he will get his day in court and it will be a just and proper justice applied.”
News of his arrest was greeted with celebrations on the streets of the capital Tripoli. The West fears that with feelings running so high Saif al-Islam could suffer the same fate as his father who was shot and killed by his captors.
The ICC’s chief prosecutor is due to visit Libya next week to discuss the case.