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19 November 2011 - Media release

INTERPOL Chief welcomes arrest of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi as milestone for Libyan justice

LYON, France - The arrest of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi has been welcomed by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble as an important step forward in the delivery of justice to the people of Libya.

The 39-year-old son of Colonel Gaddafi, who is the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, issued at the request of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, including murder and persecution, is now in custody awaiting trial after being apprehended in Ubari in the south of the country.

"Today's arrest of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is an important milestone for the new Libya," said Secretary General Noble. 

"Gaddafi being taken into custody not only shows fugitives that they cannot run forever, but also is a clear signal to the people of Libya and citizens around the world that the National Transitional Council will continue to hunt for those accused of crimes and bring them before the courts in order that they can respond to the charges against them.

"The Prosecutor of the ICC Luis Moreno-Ocampo and I called for Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to turn himself in after Colonel Gaddafi's death so that the rule of law could run its course, today we would reiterate that call to all those who were part of the inner circle and who remain at large," concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

A Red Notice issued at the request of the ICC for the former director of military intelligence Abdullah Al-Senussi remains in effect. INTERPOL's Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit based it its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, is liaising with both the ICC and INTERPOL's National Central Bureau in Tripoli to ensure that all relevant intelligence in relation to Al-Senussi and other wanted individuals is pooled and regularly updated.

In addition, FIS has issued an alert to all NCBs throughout Africa urging member countries to maintain vigilance at border crossing points for any of the wanted persons attempting to travel.