Niger extradites Gaddafi’s son Saadi to Libya
The Libyan government says former leader Col Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saadi, has been extradited from Niger and is now in custody in Tripoli.
Pictures posted on the internet showed him having his head and beard shaved.
Saadi Gaddafi, the former head of Libya’s football federation, fled after his father was killed in the 2011 revolution.
He is accused of shooting protesters and other crimes during his father’s rule.
The Libyan government made an announcement about Saadi Gaddafi’s extradition in a short statement early on Thursday.
“The Libyan government received today Saadi Gaddafi and he arrived in Tripoli,” it said.
The plane with Saadi, one of Col Gaddafi’s seven sons, landed at 02:50 local time (00:50 GMT).
Two security sources later confirmed to the BC’s Rana Jawad that Saadi Gaddafi had been returned and was now in the hands of the Libyan judicial authorities.
Niger had previously refused Libyan requests to extradite him, with the justice minister saying he was “certain to face the death penalty”.
In 2012, Interpol issued a “red notice”, obliging member countries to arrest him.
Saadi Gaddafi had reportedly resided in a state guesthouse in Niger’s capital, Niamey, after fleeing across the Sahara Desert.
He is best known for a brief career in top-flight Italian football which was cut short by a failed drugs test, as well as his playboy lifestyle.
Since the 2011 uprising, Libya’s new government has sought the extradition of several Gaddafi family members and ex-officials, with mixed success.
Niger extradited Abdallah Mansur, a former top intelligence official, to Libya on 14 February.
Mauritania also extradited Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi in January 2013.
Libya’s highest-profile prisoner, Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, has been held in the mountain town of Zintan since his capture in November 2011.
While court proceedings against the prisoners have been initiated, trials have been set back by security concerns and procedural delays.
Meanwhile, Gaddafi’s cousin and ex-envoy to Egypt, Ahmad Gaddaf-el-Dam, remains in Egypt despite Tripoli’s attempts to secure his extradition. BBC