October 28, 2011 by staff
Saif Al-Islam, Fugitive, Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi can expect a warm welcome and even help hide among the communities of the desert south of Libya, who were wooed by his father long.
Further alienated from the West by a war that threatens regional peace disturbing fragile, some were willing to defy the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant and housing, the son of a man who for years promoted the relationship of the peoples south of the Sahara.
“We are willing to hide whenever necessary,” said Mouddour Barka, a resident of Agadez in northern Niger.
“We’re telling the international community to stay out of this business and our authorities will not release it – otherwise we are ready to go out and they’re going to have to deal with,” he said.
Earlier this week joined hundreds of community prayer in the main mosque of Agadez in memory of Gaddafi and ask God’s blessing for their children.
A senior Libyan official said Thursday Saif al-Islam, 39, fearing the same fate as his father died, was trying to organize an aircraft to fly in a desert retreat in the custody of the ICC, the world of senior war crimes tribunal.
Its location is not yet clear, but Libyan sources and others have suggested that it is somewhere in the mountainous border between Niger and Mali, two African countries that have signed the Rome Statute of the Court in The Hague-based.
The government of Niger in Niamey, the capital is committed to meet its commitments to the ICC, but 750 kilometers (400 miles) north in a region where cross-border alliances between Tuareg nomads often exceed national ties, the picture is different.
“I’m ready to welcome him in. To me, his case is simply a humanitarian issue,” said Mohamed Anako, chairman of the Agadez region, a barren strip of land about the same size of France.
. “Libya and Niger are countries siblings and cousins ??you find the communities in Libya as it does in northern Niger – so you will welcome,” said Anak, which said only that he had heard “talk” Saif al-Islam is in the area.
With the help of local guides Tuareg in Niger, a region that is too large support for their forces to patrol effectively, Saif al-Islam could be hidden almost indefinitely in the mountains that stretch the borders of Niger, Algeria and Mali.
Libya’s southern neighbors learned to live with Gaddafi, despite accepting the generosity of his exasperation with his vision of a people through the Sahara, the rhetoric that led to concerns about its territorial integrity in a region where borders are porous and.
For the communities of northern Niger and Mali, the Libyan war of NATO reserve off Gaddafi has brought nothing but trouble, with thousands of African migrants armed Tuaregs fought for the fallen dictator to appear at your door.
This has raised new concerns about stability in the country in just the last two years gained a respite from years of off-encouraged the Tuareg rebellion by Gaddafi.
While the consequences of security for the region can take months to clear the accumulation in the last weeks of 500 pro-Gaddafi armed combatants in the Kidal region of Mali for Niger border may offer an opportunity for Saif al- Islam.
“It could be anywhere in the border region around Niger, Mali and Algeria,” said a ministry source in Mali.
“However, hundreds of Libyan soldiers, all of Malian origin, take refuge in Kidal, where they arrived in convoys led by pro-Gaddafi colonels. That would be safer among his own people in Mali,” the source added.
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