Gaddafi family members enter Algeria: Report

August 30, 2011
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Algeria has allowed 31 members of Gaddafi’s family and helpers to enter the country, a local newspaper reported on Monday.

Gaddafi’s wife, Safia, daughter Aisha, sons Hannibal and Mohammad as well as grandsons and assistants were in the convoy of seven vehicles that had to wait for 12 hours at the border in Illizi, the province bordering Libya before they were allowed in, Echorouk said in its online edition.

Algeria’s foreign ministry said in a statement that “the wife of Muammar Gaddafi, Sofia, his daughter Aisha, and sons Hannibal and Mohammad, accompanied by their children, entered Algeria at 08:45am (07:45 GMT) through the Algeria-Libyan border.”

The Algerian foreign ministry in the statement published by the Algerian Press Service news agency gave no further information, but said that it conveyed the information to the United Nations Secretary General, the president of the UN Security Council and to Mahmood Jibril, the head of Libya’s Transitional National Council.

Echorouk, quoting sources it did not identify, said that Aisha was nine-month pregnant and was in a critical condition, a fact that weighed heavily in the decision made by the Algerian authorities to provide assistance and allow the convoy in.

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According to the daily, the convoy reached the border early on Monday, but the border police kept them until around noon when they received clearance from the highest authorities in the country at around noon. The decision was based on the need to provide humanitarian assistance for asylum seekers, the daily said.

The daily said that Algeria also based its decision to receive the fugitives on the fact that neither Gaddafi’s wife nor sons or daughter were wanted by the The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC).

The court has approved warrants for the arrest of Gaddafi, his son Saif Al Islam, and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah Al Senoussi on charges of crimes against humanity.

The family members and their helpers are expected to remain in Illizi. The sources ruled out they would be moved up to Algiers, the capital.

The sources speculated that the family’s move towards Algeria was prompted by the tight control the Libyan rebels imposed on the country’s borders with Tunisia, Chad and Egypt.

  1. http://gulfnews.com/news/region/libya/gaddafi-family-members-enter-algeria-report-1.858969

         

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