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NTC seeks Gaddafi family's extradition from Algeria

Friday, 21 October 2011 - 1:38am IST | Place: Tripoli | Agency: IANS
Part of Gaddafi's family, including his wife, two sons and his daughter, fled to Algeria in late August after the transitional council's forces overran Tripoli.

Libya's National Transitional Council Thursday called for the extradition of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's family from Algeria, Xinhua reported.

The demand was made by Mahmoud Jibril, head of the Libyan National Transitional Council's executive committee, during a televised news conference held in the Libyan capital of Tripoli while confirming that Gaddafi had been killed in his hometown Sirte.

Part of Gaddafi's family, including his wife, two sons and his daughter, fled to Algeria in late August after the transitional council's forces overran Tripoli.

Libya's new rulers have repeatedly called for the return of Gaddafi's family by Algeria. Turning down the demand on previous occasions, the Algerian authorities stated that Gaddafi's family had been granted asylum on humanitarian grounds.

Forces of the National Transitional Council captured Gaddafi's Bab al-Azizya compound in Tripoli Aug 23, forcing Gaddafi and his family into hiding.

On Aug 29, Gaddafi's wife Safia, his daughter Aisha, his sons Hannibal and Mohammed, accompanied by their children, crossed the border into Algeria for asylum.

The daughter, Aisha, delivered a child in a clinic in a border town hours after crossing the frontier.

Gaddafi's another son, Saadi, fled to Niger along with several generals of the former regime, including the head of Gaddafi's security brigade.

NTC fighters claimed Gaddafi's sixth son, Khamis, died in fighting southeast of Tripoli Aug 29, an allegation later confirmed by a pro-Gaddafi Syrian television station.

Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for over 40 years, was killed Thursday.

The 69-year-old died in his hometown Sirte apparently after being wounded in the legs.

On Thursday, NTC officials also said that Gaddafi's fourth son, Mutassim, was killed in fighting in Sirte, and Gaddafi's second son and once his heir apparent, Saif al-Islam, and a group of his supporters were reportedly being surrounded outside Sirte.




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