'Niger gave asylum to Saadi Gaddafi'
Saadi Gaddafi, a son of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi (file photo)
Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou has said his country granted asylum in midsummer to Saadi Gaddafi, a son of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Speaking at a news conference at the end of a two-day visit to South Africa on Friday, Issoufou said Niger gave asylum to Saadi based on “humanitarian grounds,” Reuters reported.
Saadi escaped to Niger following the fall of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, in August as the Libyan revolution gained momentum.
Interpol has asked its member states to arrest Saadi and extradite him to Libya in case they find him on their territory.
Saadi's whereabouts in Niger are not known.
Libya's Interim Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagi said on Friday that Saadi is wanted in Libya on charges of killing the national football team member Bashir al-Rayan.
Niger's president said, however, that he had no information about the whereabouts of Seif al-Islam, another son of Muammar Gaddafi, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity.
Reports say Saif al-Islam is hidden in deserts on the border between Libya and Niger.
Niger is a member of the ICC and would have to hand over Seif al-Islam if he is found in the country.