Col Gaddafi’s son and heir apparant emerged amongst supporters in the capital Tripoli late on Monday quashing reports of his arrest by rebels and highly embarrassing the rebel leadership and the International Criminal Court who claimed he had been in the custody of anti-Gaddafi fighters for the past 24 hours.
“Firstly I want to deny all the rumours,” Saif al-Islam Gaddafi told foreign journalists. “Nato and the West have modern technology and they blocked and jammed communications.
They sent messages to the Libyan people through the Libyana network, I think. They stopped the (state TV) broadcasts, they’ve created a media and electronic war to spread chaos and fear in Libya.”
He claimed his father’s regime still had control of Tripoli and took journalists on a tour of the city to prove “that the situation is good and everything is well”.
Along the route, armed men cheered and fired weapons into the air as the convoy passed by. Asked whether he feared he would be handed over to the International Criminal Court, Saif al-Islam replied defiantly: “Screw the criminal court.”
Television footage showed him pumping his fists in the air, smiling, waving and shaking hands with supporters, as well as holding his arms aloft with each hand making the V for victory sign. [via The Telegraph (UK)]