Gaddafi’s son to remain in Niger

November 16th, 2011 - 7:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Nov 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Saadi Gaddafi, the son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, will remain in Niger until the UN lifts a ban on his freedom of movement, Niger’s foreign minister has said.

“We are obliged to respect this resolution. He (Saadi) is here, he cannot travel. Until that resolution is revised, he will stay in Niger,” Foreign Minister Bazoum Mohamed told state television Tuesday.

Saadi, 38, fled Libya for Niger in September together with other members of his family after rebel forces established control over most of the country in August. He was granted asylum on humanitarian grounds in Niger.

Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for Saadi at the request of Libya’s transitional authorities.

Libya has called on Niger to revise its “unjustified position” because such statements, according to Tripoli, “do not help build relations based on mutual respect”.

Muammar Gaddafi was killed Oct 20. In September, Interpol put the ousted Libyan leader and his other son, Seif al-Islam, as well as his intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, on a wanted list.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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