NTC Top Official Slams Niger President for Decision to Harbour Saadi

The Tripoli Post on November 15, 2011 released the following:

“A top Libyan official was highly critical of the decision by Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, to offer of asylum, “on humanitarian grounds,” to the former Libyan dictator’s third eldest son Saadi, calling the decision a “challenge and provocation.”

In a meeting with the media on Monday, Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, deputy chairman of Libya’s National Transitional Council, blasted President Issoufous’ stance in declaring that Saadi should be allowed to stay in Niger, the West African nation bordering Libya, and be treated just like other “Libyan refugees.”

Describing Niger’s position as “hostile,” he added: “It is unacceptable that Niger would turn into a country that harbours criminals wanted by international justice,” Ghoga said. “We call on Niger to reconsider its unjustified position. Such statements do not help build relations based on mutual respect.”

Ghoga referred to Saadi as a “wanted criminal in Libya.” An arrest warrant by Interpol – known as a “red notice” – has issued requesting Saadi’s provisional arrest ahead of his extradition or surrender to an international court.

Saad Al Qathafi is accused of “misappropriating properties through force and armed intimidation when he headed the Libyan Football Federation,” charges that his lawyer says his client has “strenuously” denies.

Through his lawyer, Saadi has even asked the Interpol secretary general to revoke the warrant, claiming that it is politically motivated and was sought by a new Libyan leadership that lacks legitimacy.

Issoufou angered the Libyan authorities las week when he said that Niger’s position is not new. He said: “The attitude of the Niger government regarding this has already been noted: We have already welcomed Libyan refugees for humanitarian reasons” – of which Saadi is one such refugee.”

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