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ICRC seeks access to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has asked to be allowed access to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the former Libyan leader.

The organisation’s director general Yves Daccord said on Monday that they had been in touch with the National Transitional Council and expected to be able to visit Saif al-Islam in prison “very quickly”.

“He is someone who needs to be protected,” Daccord said. He added that the ICRC was requesting access to all detainees in Libya.

When Moammar Gaddafi was captured last month, he was beaten and killed by rebel forces.

Saif al-Islam, once thought likely to succeed his late father in power, was captured by Libyan fighters in Libya’s remote southern desert on Saturday. 


He has been on the wanted list of the International Criminal Court since his father’s death. Libyan authorities say their courts could judge him fairly, defying the ICC, which says it would be more appropriate to try him at The Hague for crimes against humanity.

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