Gaddafi son Seif al-Islam not arrested, appears at Tripoli hotel

Muammar Gaddafi's son, Seif al-Islam, center, waves to troops loyal to his father in Tripoli, Libya - AP
Muammar Gaddafi's son, Seif al-Islam, center, waves to troops loyal to his father in Tripoli, Libya - AP
Muammar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam, wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, has not been arrested by rebels despite earlier reports and is still in Tripoli, a journalist said on Tuesday.
Several journalists saw Seif al-Islam in Muammar Gaddafi's residential complex in the capital. ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo had earlier said the 39-year-old was arrested and in detention.
"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.
Seif told the journalists, when asked if his father was safe and well in Tripoli, 'Of course'.
Tripoli is 'under control' of the regime, Seif claimed. "Tripoli is under our control. Everyone should rest assured. All is well in Tripoli," he told journalists outside Gaddafi's compound at Bab al-Azizya.
Seif 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.
He told a journalist that he had been travelling around Tripoli in an armored convoy the whole time.
Discussions on Seif's transfer were underway
Moreno-Ocampo had said Seif al-Islam was arrested and in detention, calling for his swift transfer. 'We hope he can soon be in The Hague' to face judgement, Moreno-Ocampo said as he indicated he was planning to contact the 'Libyan transitional government' later in the day.
An ICC spokesman said on Monday that the court is seeking Seif al-Islam's transfer to The Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity.
"The court as a whole is involved," Fadi El-Abdallah told the media, answering 'yes' when asked if that meant discussions were underway with the Libyan rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) over Seif al-Islam's transfer.
Seif al-Islam is accused together with his father with orchestrating a plan to put down the Libyan revolt by ‘any means necessary’ since it was sparked in mid-February.
This included the murder of hundreds of pro-freedom Libyan protestors and injuring hundreds of others when security forces shot a crowds using live ammunition, as well as the arrest and torture of numerous others.
'Seif executed father's plans'
Before the revolt erupted, Seif al-Islam was increasingly seen as a successor to his father, despite publicly ruling out any dynastic ambitions in the North African country.
Described as the Libyan strongman's de facto prime minister and most influential person within his inner circle, Seif al-Islam is wanted because he ‘espoused and executed Muammar Gaddafi's plan which led to the commission of the crimes', a court document stated.
"Relevant to the prosecutor's application, Seif al-Islam exercised control over crucial parts of the state apparatus, including finances and logistics," said the ICC's decision to grant arrest warrants against Gaddafi, his son and Libyan spymaster Abdullah al-Senussi on June 27.
"There are reasonable grounds to believe that Muammar Gaddafi and Seif al-Islam's orders to any branch of the state apparatus automatically activated the state machinery," the court document added.
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