Al Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, speaks at a news conference in ...
Al Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, speaks at a news conference in Sydney in 2005.  TIM WIMBORNE / Reuters

Niger Officials Extradite Gaddafi’s Son to Libya

Mar 06, 2014

Saadi Gaddafi, one of the seven sons of Libya’s former strongman Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, was reportedly extradited back to his homeland this week from Niger and is now being held at a Tripoli prison.

After serving as the commander of the country's special forces, Saadi, 40, fled Libya during the uprising against his father's 42-year rule. Muammar Gaddafi was executed on Oct. 20, 2011.

"The Libyan government received today Saadi Gaddafi and he arrived in Tripoli," read a statement released by Prime Minister Ali Zeidan’s cabinet.

Before the family’s precipitous fall from power, Saadi had dabbled in professional soccer and ran the sport's national federation.

According to Reuters, Libyan officials plan to prosecute Saadi with “misappropriating property by force” and for employing armed intimidation while he was at the federation’s helm.

Images posted by local media outlets online show what appear to be Libyan officials shaving Saadi’s beard and hair.

[Reuters]

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