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Libyan interim PM confirms capture of Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam, promises fair trial


13:36, November 20, 2011

Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdel Rahim el-Keeb (L) speaks during a press conference in southern Libyan city of Zintan, Nov. 19, 2011. El-Keeb Saturday confirmed the capture of Saif al-Islam, and promised a fair trial for him. (Xinhua/Qin Haishi)

ZINTAN, Libya, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdel Rahim el-Keeb Saturday confirmed the capture of Saif al-Islam, the second son of late ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, in the south of the country.

Keeb also promised a fair trial for Saif al-Islam, who has been on the run for months and is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity.

"We assure Libyans and the world that Saif al-Islam will receive a fair trial," he said at a televised news conference held in the western Libyan town of Zintan, where Saif al-Islam is being kept in custody.

Keeb said Saif al-Islam would be treated well in accordance with international law and the Libyan judicial authorities would communicate with the International Criminal Court to determine where he must be tried.

"Any cooperation with international institutions is welcome," Keeb said, adding Saif's capture marked a "historic" day and the start of a new chapter for the North African nation.

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