Seif Al-islam Gadhafi
November 20, 2011 by staff
Once seen as a potential successor to his slain father, Moammar Gadhafi, Saif al-Islam ‘s capture may mark the end to hopes held by loyalists that the Gadhafi family might seize power again.
As the unrest in Libya began to swell earlier this year, Saif emerged as one of the regime’s most visible defenders. He was the first to address the nation about the unrest and detail a plan to address it.
Saif al-Islam later made very public vows to fight to the “last bullet.”
His alleged involvement in the bloody crackdown led the International Criminal Court to accuse him of crimes against humanity, including murder and persecution.
It is not yet clear whether he will be brought to trial in Libya, as many military commanders would like, or handed over to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, in the Netherlands.
His support for his father, if not altogether unexpected, surprised some who had previously seen the 39-year-old as the opposite of the elder Gadhafi.
Whereas Moammar Gadhafi years ago launched a program to “destroy imported ideologies, whether they are Eastern or Western,” his son speaks fluent English, earned his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times and was a frequent go-between in talks with international officials.
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