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Sunday, September 11, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

The fugitive: Interpol issues warrant for Gadhafi and his top aides

LONDON — The international community has launched a manhunt for ousted Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi.


The international police organization, Interpol, has issued a warrant for Gadhafi and leading aides. Interpol, based in France, said Gadhafi was wanted on charges of crimes against humanity.

"Moammar Gadhafi is a fugitive whose country of nationality and the International Criminal Court want arrested and held accountable for the serious criminal charges that have been brought against him," Interpol secretary-general Ronald Noble said.

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In a statement on Sept. 9, Interpol also announced warrants for Gadhafi's son, Seif Al Islam, long regarded as the heir to the former Libyan ruler, Middle East Newsline reported. Another family member, Abdullah Al Senussi, Libya's former intelligence chief, was also ordered under arrest on charges of murder.

Gadhafi and his children were believed to be in or near Algeria. Algeria has acknowledged that it was harboring several members of the family but denied that the elder Gadhafi was one of them.

Interpol issued a so-called Red Notice that alerted its membership to Gadhafi's fugitive status. The notice deemed Gadhafi and the other two Libyans as wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes.

"This will significantly restrict the ability of all three men to cross international borders and is a powerful tool to help in their location and arrest," Noble said.

On Sept. 9, French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said Gadhafi was still believed to be in Libya. But Longuet did not rule out the prospect that Gadhafi would find sanctuary in neighboring Niger. Already, three Libyan generals have escaped to Niger.

Libyan rebel forces have stormed what was believed to be Gadhafi's last stronghold in Bani Walid, some 150 kilometers south of Tripoli. Officials said the rebels faced about 1,000 troops loyal to Gadhafi.

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