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Gaddafi’s second son Saif al-Islam not captured but free in Tripoli


Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam has not been arrested by rebels - despite earlier reports - and is still in Tripoli.

Several journalists, including an AFP and BBC correspondent, saw Saif al-Islam in Gaddafi’s residential complex in the capital.

When asked if his father was still in Tripoli, Saif replied: "Of course". ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo had earlier said the 39-year-old was arrested and in detention, calling for his swift transfer to The Hague to be prosecuted for "crimes against humanity" by the International Criminal Court.

"I am here to refute the lies," Gaddafi’s son said, referring to reports of his arrest.

Three journalists were taken by car to Gaddafi’s Bab al-Azizya compound by representatives of the regime.

Saif al-Islam arrived in a vehicle in front of the building complex, which was bombed by the Americans in 1986.

He was greeted by several dozen supporters waving his portrait and that of his father, as well as Libyan flags.

This comes on top of the news that Muammar Gaddafi’s eldest son, Mohammad, has escaped from rebel custody with the help of Gaddafi loyalists.

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