Rebels who captured Gadhafi's son want to hold him

November 20, 2011 - 5:35 AM
Libya

In this image from Libyan Television, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, left, is guarded by a Libyan fighter as he is transported to Zintan, Libya, by a transport aircraft following his capture near the Niger border early Saturday Nov 19 2011. Moammar Gadhafi's son, the only wanted member of the ousted ruling family to remain at large _ was captured as he traveled with aides in a convoy in Libya's southern desert. (AP Photo/ Libyan Television via APTN)

ZINTAN, Libya (AP) — The rebels who captured Moammar Gadhafi's son and one-time heir apparent say they will hold him until a court system is set up in Libya and are demanding that he be tried inside the country.

Rebels from the western mountain town of Zintan captured Seif al-Islam Saturday in the southern Libyan desert, raising questions about whether they will turn him over to the new transitional government in Tripoli that took power after Gadhafi fell or to the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands, which wants to try him on charges of crimes against humanity.

The head of Zintan's military council, Col. Mohammed al-Khabash, said Sunday that Seif al-Islam will be held in Zintan until a court system is established in Libya.