Saif al-Islam Gadhafi sits in an airplane in Zintan, LIbya, on Saturday after being captured in the southern desert and flown to the northern city.
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – Moammar Gadhafi’s son has been captured in the desert by fighters who plan to hold him until there is a Libyan administration to which they can hand him over, according to media reports Saturday.
Gadhafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, 39, had been accused of crimes against humanity.
Saif al-Islam was captured near the southern desert city of Obari and flown to the fighters’ base in Zintan, in northern Libya, the BBC reported.
It was unclear Saturday whether al-Islam will face trial in Libya or whether he will be transferred to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands, for a trial there for his alleged involvement in the killings of civilian protesters.
Prior to the uprising in Libya, al-Islam appeared set to take over from his father to rule the country. His father, who ruled Libya for almost 42 years, was captured and killed by rebels on Oct. 20. Another son, Mutassim, was killed the same day and a third son, Khamis, was killed earlier in the civil war.
Al-Islam had been in hiding since the National Transitional Council, the current government of Libya, had pushed his father from Libya’s capital Tripoli in August.
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The council was established by anti-Gadhafi forces during the civil war in Libya. It seeks to set up a constitutional democracy with an elected government, according to reports.
According to one report, Libya’s new government is set to be announced Monday at the latest, according to an official in the National Transitional Council.
The apparent capture comes after al-Islam’s father, Gadhafi was captured by rebels and ultimately beaten and killed on Oct. 20.
According to reports, crowds moved into Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square and began cheering, after receiving news of al-Islam’s capture.
Ronald D. Orol is a MarketWatch reporter, based in Washington.