Political analyst and author Adrian Salbuchi says
Saif al-Islam will be silenced
by either the Hague
or the National Transitional Council.
Saif Gaddafi Capture Aided By MI6?
November 21, 2011
LAROUCHEPAC – According to the Daily Star as reported by the Times of India, the British intelligence agency MI6 played a key role in the capture of Saif al-Islam, son of Muammar Gaddafi.
The top-secret, £25 million mission, dubbed Operation X, used electronic intelligence gadgets to bug his phones. MI6 agents, using the bugging equipment, closed in on him before calling in the Libyan “snatch squad,” the Daily Star claimed.
Saif and his two aides were arrested by the National Transitional Council in the Libyan desert on Saturday, Nov. 19.
A day after his capture, Gaddafi’s intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi was said to be have been surrounded at a remote desert homestead nearby, and negotiating his surrender.
A commander of former rebel forces nominally loyal to the National Transitional Council (NTC), General Ahmed al-Hamdouni, told Reuters that his men had found and surrounded Senussi at a house belonging to his sister near the town of Birak, about 300 miles south of Tripoli and in the same general area as Saif al-Islam was seized Saturday.
In another account of the capture of Saif reported by Reuters, Saif is being kept in the Libyan mountain town of Zintan. The Zintan commanders claim that they are committed to ensuring that Saif does not share the same fate as his father. The group of Zintan fighters who caught Saif say they are bound by a 200-year-old tribal agreement between the Zintan tribe and Saif’s, the Gaddafa, which guarantees the protection of prisoners of war.
NTC officials have said they want to try both men in Libya, although legal experts point out that international law demands Tripoli make a strong case for the right to try anyone who has already been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The ICC’s chief prosecutor is expected in Libya this week. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both called on Libya to hand Saif over to the ICC and guarantee his safety, given the assassination of Gaddafi and others of his party.
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