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  • 6 March 2014, 12:11

Gaddafi Son Saadi Extradited To Libya By Niger

Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi has arrived in Tripoli after being extradited by Niger, the Libyan government says.

Libya had been seeking the extradition of Saadi, who had fled to its southern neighbour after the toppling of his father in a Nato-backed uprising in 2011.

"The Libyan government received today Saadi Gaddafi and he arrived in Tripoli," the cabinet of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said in a statement.

Saadi, one of Gaddafi's seven sons, was being held by judiciary police forces, the government said.

It thanked Niger for its co-operation and said Saadi would be treated according to international justice standards for prisoners.

The website of a government-backed militia showed what it said were pictures of Saadi wearing a blue prison uniform, calling him a criminal. Libyan news websites also ran pictures showing him with his head shaved in prison.

Saadi was known for his love of professional soccer and a playboy lifestyle. His brief career in Italian football ended after a failed drug test. He headed Libya's Football Federation and was also former head of the country's special forces.

He is not wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), unlike Gaddafi's most prominent son Saif al Islam.

However, Libya wants to try him for allegedly misappropriating property by force and for alleged armed intimidation when he headed the Libyan Football Federation.

The ICC has indicted Saif al Islam for crimes against humanity. Saif, once viewed as a likely successor to his father, is held by a militia in western Libya, where he is being tried for various charges.

Fighters from the western Zintan region caught Saif al Islam in the southern desert a month after his father was captured and battered to death by a mob.

The militia has defied an order from the government to deliver him to a jail in the capital.

The dictator's son Mutassim died alongside him as they tried to escape the town of Sirte in October 2011.

Gaddafi senior's widow Safiya had already fled to Algeria in August 2011 with her children Aisha, Hannibal and Mohammed. They were later granted asylum by Oman.

Saif al Arab died in a Nato air strike, and Khamis was killed in fighting in August that year.

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