The authorities of Niger have extradited Muammar Ghadaffi’s son, Saadi. The Libyan Government confirmed his arrival in Tripoli earlier on Thursday. A statement from the government also revealed that Saadi has been taken to a prison.
He fled Libya shortly after his father was overthrown in an uprising in 2011.
The new government has been pushing for his extradition since then.
“The Libyan government received today Saadi Gaddafi and he arrived in Tripoli,” the cabinet of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said in a statement. It was also disclosed in the statement that Saadi, who is one of the late Libyan leader’s seven sons was being held by judiciary police forces.
The Libyan government thanked Niger for its cooperation and said Saadi would be treated according to international justice standards for prisoners.
The website of a government-backed militia showed pictures of Saadi wearing a blue prison uniform.
Saadi, who had a career as businessman and professional footballer, is not wanted by the International Criminal Court, as is Gaddafi’s most prominent son Saif al-Islam.
The ICC has indicted Saif al-Islam for crimes against humanity. Saif, once viewed as a likely successor to his father, is held by a militia in western Libya, where he is being tried for various charges.
Fighters from the western Zintan region caught Saif al-Islam in the southern desert a month after his father was captured and battered to death by a mob in 2011. The militia has defied an order from the government to deliver him to a jail in the capital.