Peter Beaumont and Chris Stephen
November 20, 2011
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the last remaining member of the Gaddafi family still at large in Libya, has been arrested in the southern desert and taken to the town of Zintan. He was caught while apparently attempting to flee the country.
Video footage, shown on Libyan television and distributed by the country’s transitional authority, pictured him wrapped in a brown blanket and lying on a mattress. He was holding up three heavily bandaged fingers from injuries sustained in a Nato bombing raid a month ago as he fled the town of Bani Walid the day before his father’s death.
The late Muammar Gaddafi’s heir-apparent was looking thinner and had allowed the hair to grow on his usually shaven head; he had also grown a beard. News of his capture was greeted by celebratory gunfire in Tripoli.
“This is the final chapter of the Libyan drama,” information minister Mahmoud Shammam said. “We will put him on trial in Libya and he will be judged by Libyan law for his crimes.”