(Sheik yer Mami) Ouch, that hurts! Saif al-Islam ‘captured in Libya’
“Muammar Gaddafi’s beating, abuse and ultimate death in the custody of former rebel fighters was an embarrassment to the previous transitional government. Officials in Tripoli said they were determined to handle his son’s case with more order.”
“Gaddafi’s son captured, scared and without fight,” by Marie-Louise Gumuchian for Reuters, November 19:
Col Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam is captured in south of Libya, the country’s interim justice minister says
Former leader’s son is last key member of the Gaddafi family to be captured
All times GMT
Saif al-Islam is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity during uprising against his father
“At the beginning he was very scared. He thought we would kill him,” Ahmed Ammar, one of his captors, told Reuters.
Among other things, probably. Muslim Brotherhood: The Sharia in Libya will be moderate and we promise it won’t hurt a bit!
“There’s nothing secret. We’re not planning to destroy the country,” said Abdou Majid Saleh Musbah, 56, an engineer from Tripoli who joined the movement in 1979.
The movement’s leader, Abdelkader, emphasized the group’s moderate nature in his speech.
“We don’t want to replace one tyranny with another. All together, we want to build a civil society that uses moderate Islam in its daily life,” he said. (al Reuters)
When I started warning last winter that Islamic supremacists were in the best position to take advantage of the uprisings in Tunisia (and Egypt), most people were drinking the mainstream media Kool-Aid about a new birth of democracy and freedom. One commenter here at Jihad Watch asserted that ”these revolts are spontaneous outbursts against the ruling elite. There is not one shred of evidence of any Islamist involvement.”Another’s scorn was intense: “You are taking advantage of the ignorance of your readers to spoon feed them this nonsense about jihad in tunisia [sic] while the Tunisian people are clamoring for democracy and freedom.”
These comments are indicative of a tendency: Islamic supremacists generally charge their opponents with “ignorance” and treat them with arrogance and contempt, even when those upon whom they are heaping contempt are correct, and even when the Islamic supremacists know that they are correct.
Another aspect of this scenario that never, ever changes is the childlike credulity of Western officials and the mainstream media in buying Islamic supremacist claims to be “moderate.”
“Tunisia’s Islamist party showing signs of radical shift,” from Agence France Presse, November 17: Libyan envoy says Qatar is arming “Islamist” groups
Qatar was part of the coalition to support the NTC in ousting Gaddafi, sending six fighter jets. They seem to have to missed the memo that this is all about “democracy.” “Libya UN envoy says Qatar arming Islamists,” from Reuters, November 18 (thanks to JW):
“These are all troubling signs for all those who wanted a secular Libya.” I tried to tell you. “Libya’s Islamists Ransack Mosque Graves in Power Struggle,” by Christopher Stephen for Bloomberg, November 17 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Tripoli, Libya (CNN)– Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of slain Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has been captured in a firefight in the Libyan desert after weeks on the run, senior Libyan military commanders said Saturday.
Saif al-Islam Gadhafi was caught by revolutionary fighters after 15 days of pursuit in the area between the southwestern oasis town of Obari and southern town of Sabha, military commanders in Tripoli told CNN.
The International Criminal Court in the Netherlands, which wants Saif al-Islam Gadhafi for alleged crimes against humanity, including murder, committed during the uprising, confirmed the arrest.
“We are in touch and coordinating with the Libyan ministry of justice to ensure that any solution with regards to the arrest of Saif al-Islam Gadhafi will be in accordance with the law,” ICC spokeswoman Florence Olara said.
Outbursts of celebratory gunfire, the honking of horns and cries of joy could be heard in Tripoli as reports of his capture spread.
Othman Mliegta, commander of the Al Qa’aq brigades, said he had been told that Saif al-Islam was slightly injured in the clashes that took place when the fighters attempted to capture him but is in good health.
A picture released by Libya’s National Transitional Council purportedly of Saif al-Islam appeared to show him half-lying on a low bed with bandages wrapped around the fingers of his right hand.
He has arrived in the city of Zintan in the Western mountains, where he will be held, fighter Hassan al-Jwaili in Zintan told CNN.
The capture of one of the most-wanted elements of the former regime took place in the early hours of Saturday, Mliegta said, by fighters from Zintan.
Mliegta said a number of members of Moammar Gadhafi’s military were with Saif al-Islam when he was caught but they did not include his father’s former intelligence chief Abdulla al-Sanussi, also wanted by the ICC.
Said to have played a major role in the bloody crackdown on the uprisings that began in Libya in February, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi was named in an Interpol arrest warrant in September.
His father was killed last month near Sirte after his capture by forces loyal to the National Transitional Council.
Asked about guarantees of Saif al-Islam Gadhafi’s safety, Mliegta said he would be treated in the same way as any other detainee.
Military commanders told CNN they want the National Transitional Council to ensure Saif al-Islam is tried in their country.
There are questions as to whether Libya would be able to give former regime members a fair trial.
However, the deputy minister of justice told CNN Friday the country does have the necessary judicial system in place.
Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo said that if Saif al-Islam Gadhafi is brought before the ICC in the Netherlands, he will “have all the rights and be protected,” and will be allowed to present a defense.
Once seen as a possible successor to his father and an advocate of reform, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi became a vocal defender of his father’s brutal regime.
His whereabouts had been unknown for months. At the end of August he made a call to Syria’s Rai TV, in which he said he was speaking from a suburb of the capital, Tripoli, and urged Libyans to rise up against the rebels.
Saif al-Islam is the second-oldest son, the oldest of Gadhafi’s second wife Safia. He was educated at the London School of Economics and speaks fluent English.