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Gaddafi family flee to Algeria, Libyan rebels seek repatriation

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15:09, August 30, 2011


Libyan rebels gesture as they travel on a tank past Bin Jawad while on their way to Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte August 29, 2011. Libyan forces converged on Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte on Monday, hoping to seal their revolution by seizing the last bastions of a fallen but perhaps still dangerous strongman. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

DOHA/ALGIERS, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- With the untraceable Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi still deemed a threat, the rebels said Monday they were mulling to bring back his family from Algeria for trial.

In Doha, Qatar, rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) chief Mostafa Abdel Jalil said Gaddafi still poses a threat to Libya and the world as his whereabouts remains a mystery.

Addressing a meeting of top generals from nations participating in the NATO-led campaign in Libya, Jalil asked the coalition for further help and support to the NTC, at a time when the Libyan leader is untraceable.

Western countries assumed Gaddafi may still control a large stockpile of missiles and chemical weapons, including over 10 tons of mustard gas, which could be a peril.

Also on Monday, Jalil's aide Ahmed Gabriel said the NTC would demand the Algerian government hand over Gaddafi's family so that they could be tried in Libyan courts, Algerian press reported.

Algeria's Foreign Ministry confirmed that Gaddafi's wife and three of his children entered Algeria Monday morning, the nation's official Algeria Press Service (APS) reported. However, it did not mention the whereabouts of Gaddafi himself.

"Muammar Gaddafi's wife Safia, his daughter Aisha, his sons Hannibal and Mohammed, accompanied by their children, entered Algeria at 8:45 a.m. (0745 GMT) through the Algerian-Libyan border," the APS said, citing a Foreign Ministry statement.

The Algerian government has informed the UN and NTC about the Gaddafis' arrival, the statement said.

Algeria's Arabian-language newspaper Echorouk disclosed some details of the Gaddafis' exile to Algeria.

A total of 31 people including the Gaddafis, their servants and drivers were riding in seven SUVs when they entered Algeria from western Libya. Border guards initially refused to let them pass until they were permitted by their superiors and it took about 12 hours for the Gaddafis to get permission to enter the country.

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