Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, one of the sons of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been captured late on Saturday (photo, from guardian.co.uk) in the southern desert town of Obari, in Libya, while he was trying to flee to Niger.
On Sunday Abdurrahim al-Keib, visited the northern town of Zintan where Saif al-Islam and several bodyguards are being held and said that his capture would “turn the page on the phase of revolution”.
Mr Keib also said it would “mark the beginning of the building of a state of freedom, law, justice and transparency”.
“I want to assure our people and all nations of the world that Saif and those with him will be given a fair trial, with the guarantees of local and international law.”
“Our brothers and sisters here [in Zintan] and the authorities are definitely trustworthy,” he added. “We trust their ability to be able take care of this person.”
According to Libyan law questioning must begin within 48 hours of the arrest, said official Abdel Basset Zueraik.
Saif al-Islam is the last key member of the Gaddafi family to be seized or killed. He told a Reuters reporter that his fingers were injured during a Nato air strike a while ago and that otherwise he was in good health.
‘He will face justice’
Saif al-Islam is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity.
On 20 October Muammar Gaddafi was killed after being captured in his hometown of Sirte in circumstances still under investigation.
Therefore the only high-ranking official of the old regime still at large is Abdullah Senoussi, the country’s former intelligence chief.
Luis Moreno Ocampo, the ICC chief prosecutor, said he plans to visit Libya next week in order to determine where the trial will take place with the interim National Transitional Council (NTC).
“The good news is that Saif al-Islam is arrested, he is alive, and now he will face justice,” Mr Ocampo told AP in The Hague. “Where and how, we will discuss it.”
But the NTC’s interim Justice minister, Mohammed al-Alagy, was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that Saif al-Islam will be tried in Libya.
While Mr Keib should announce his new cabinet in the coming days, the efforts of the NTC to govern have been hindered by its lack of control over the militias that surfaced during the fighting to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi.
Analysts said the powerful Zintan militia holding Saif al-Islam may use him in negotiations in order to get more influence in the new government.