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Niger extradites Gadhafi's son Saadi to Libya

Tripoli, Libya - Niger on Thursday extradited to Libya one of Muammar Gadhafi’s sons, al-Saadi, who fled as his father’s regime crumbled in 2011, the Libyan government said Thursday.

Until his extradition, al-Saadi had been under house arrest in the West African nation.

The Libyan authorities said al-Saadi, one of the deposed Libyan leader’s eight children, will be treated “in accordance with international law”.

A Libyan official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said al-Saadi arrived early on Thursday at the Tripoli airport and was transferred to a prison in the capital.

Shortly after the news of his extradition broke, photographs circulated on social media showing al-Saadi in a blue prison uniform while Libyan guards were shaving his hair and beard.

Al-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.

Like most of Gadhafi loyalists and ex-regime officials, al-Saadi is wanted for his role in curbing protests against his father’s rule and the killing of protesters.

But unlike his brother, Seif al-Islam, who was groomed to be Gadhafi’s successor, al-Saadi is not sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Al-Islam is being held by a militia in the western Libyan town of Zintan, which refuses to hand him over to the central government for trial.

With the extradition, al-Saadi joins al-Islam as the only two of Gadhafi’s children currently in Libya.

At least three other Gadhafi sons were killed during the uprising while the rest sought asylum in neighbouring Algeria, along with Gadhafi’s wife and al-Saadi’s mother, Safiya.

Pana 07/08/2014