Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gaddafi's son and heir makes mockery of rebel claims as he walks into a Tripoli hotel - 23rd Aug 2011

The man who could expose Britain’s tangled relationship with Colonel Gaddafi embarrassed Nato allies as he made a dramatic return to the heart of Tripoli last night.

The appearance of the Libyan leader’s son Saif al-Islam, at the hotel used by foreign journalists, made a mockery of claims by rebel forces and the International Criminal Court that he had been captured.

The 39-year-old, who is the second eldest of the dictator's sons, said the rebels had been drawn into a trap, loyalists could still win the war and that his father was alive somewhere in the city.

Wearing casual clothes and looking relaxed and confident, Saif beamed as he reached out to touch hands in the crowd and declared: ‘To hell with ICC.’

Asked if his father was safe and in Tripoli, Saif replied: ‘Of course.'

'This is our country. We live here and we die here and we are going to win,' he added.

‘I am here to refute the lies. We have broken the backbone of the rebels. It was a trap. We gave them a hard time, so we are winning.' Read More