Official: Qaddafi spy chief in Mali; Son next?

October 28, 2011

CBS News on October 27, 2011 released the following:

“(CBS/AP) DAKAR, Senegal – Muammar Qaddafi’s intelligence chief, who is wanted by Interpol, fled to Mali overnight after making his way across Niger where he has been hiding for several days in the country’s northern desert, an adviser to the president of Niger said Thursday.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the matter, said that Abdullah al-Senoussi entered Mali late Wednesday night via the Kidal region, which shares a border with Niger. He is guarded by a unit of about a dozen people and arrived in a convoy that was piloted by ethnic Tuaregs from Mali.

The official said that Qaddafi’s hunted son, Saif al-Islam, is also on his way to Mali and is traveling across the invisible line separating Algeria from Niger. The area, an ungoverned expanse of dunes stretching for hundreds of miles, has been used for years by drug traffickers as well as by an offshoot of al Qaeda.

“Senoussi is in Mali … he arrived yesterday,” said the adviser, an influential elder in the ethnic Tuareg community which overwhelmingly supported Qaddafi and remained loyal to him despite Niger’s official stance backing the country’s new rulers.

“Saif is going to Mali too. He is right now between Niger and Algeria. He is in the territory at the frontier between the two, heading to Mali,” the adviser said. “For the moment, they do not plan to approach the government. They are protected by the Tuaregs … and they are choosing to stay in the desert.”

Speculation about Saif al-Islam’s whereabouts has been rampant in recent days, with Transitional National Council officials claiming he is planning to turn himself in to the ICC. On Thursday, Reuters reported on a TNC official’s claim that Saif al-Islam is looking to arrange for an aircraft to transport him to The Hague.

However, none of these claims have been confirmed.

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The region through which al-Senoussi and Saif al-Islam are said to have traveled is the traditional home of the Tuaregs, the desert dwellers whose members live in the nations abutting the Sahara desert from Mauritania in the east, through Mali, Niger, Libya and Chad. The group felt a kinship with Qaddafi who elevated the nomadic life by pitching his tent in the courtyards of four-star hotels in Europe.

Hundreds of Malian and Nigerien Tuaregs were recruited by Qaddafi to fight as hired guns in Libya in the final months of the conflict. The video showing how Qaddafi was manhandled after he was caught has deeply offended Tuareg communities throughout Africa.

Starting at dinnertime Wednesday, Tuareg elders met in Agadez to discuss the conflict posed by the arrival of Qaddafi’s most trusted collaborators in light of the Niger’s government’s commitment to hand over anyone wanted by the world court. Both the son and the intelligence chief are wanted by the International Criminal Court which issued warrants for their arrest in May for crimes against humanity committed during the monthslong struggle for power in Libya.

About 30 other regime loyalists, including another Qaddafi son, al-Saadi, fled to Niger in September, but were apprehended by Niger’s government and placed under house arrest.

“We are hearing the same reports as you, that Saif is in our zone. But our security forces have not run into him,” said Massoudou Hassoumi, the chief of staff of Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou. “The day that we run into him we will arrest him. He is pursued by the ICC, and we will hand him over in keeping with our international obligations.”

In Mali, a tribal elder from the country’s north where the fugitives are believed to be hiding, said that he doesn’t think Mali will shield them from the ICC.

“People on the ground are saying that Senoussi is there,” said the elder who asked not to be named because of the delicate nature of the issue.

“I don’t know if Qaddafi’s son is there too. It’s a small group of vehicles which is to the northeast of Kidal Town. It’s possible that they are with other Tuaregs who have returned from Libya,” the elder said. “I think they know if they came here that Mali is going to hand them over to the ICC. In fact I think that’s why they came here because they want to be safely handed over.”

Niger’s government, which is heavily dependent on aid, has been put in an impossible spot, forced to choose between its obligations to the international community and its powerful Tuareg community. The problem is similar in Mali, but President Amadou Toumani Toure is at the tail-end of his second term and is not seeking re-election, making him possibly freer to choose a course of action without fear of political repercussions.”

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INTERPOL and ICC urge Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to turn himself in − call for his safe passage to The Hague

October 21, 2011

INTERPOL on October 20, 2011 released the following:

Colonel Gaddafi death increases pressure on Red Notice subject who remains at large

LYON, France – Following the confirmation by the National Transitional Council of Colonel Gaddafi’s death, INTERPOL and the International Criminal Court (ICC) have called for Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to turn himself in. Both institutions will coordinate with INTERPOL member countries to provide safe passage to The Hague where he is wanted for crimes against humanity, including murder and persecution.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and the Prosecutor of the ICC Luis Moreno-Ocampo today urged the former Libyan leader’s son Saif to give himself up and for the national authorities of the country where he is hiding to guarantee and facilitate his safe transfer to the Netherlands to face justice.

“Following my discussions with Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo, we agree that it is in the best interests of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi as well as in the interests of justice that he surrender himself as swiftly as possible and face the charges levelled against him,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Since our assistance was first requested, INTERPOL has been cooperating with both the ICC and the National Transitional Council of Libya to ensure that those individuals wanted for a range of serious crimes are located, apprehended and brought to justice,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

“Colonel Gaddafi will not be able answer to the crimes levelled against him, which makes it even more important that those who were part of his inner circle and who remain at large are captured and face their accusers so that the rule of law can run its course.

“We therefore call on all member countries to work with the ICC and INTERPOL to see that Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is safely delivered to The Hague once he surrenders,” concluded the leader of the world police body.

INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit based at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France will continue to liaise closely with the ICC, the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Tripoli and all other 187 member countries to locate the other remaining Red Notice subjects.

INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre remains available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to facilitate any communications between Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi or any person sought for arrest by the ICC and the relevant law enforcement authorities.”

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