Libyan rebels Goes After Muammar Gaddafi's son As An Arrest Order was Issued for Him

Before his father's assassination and death, Saif al-Islam, now 49, was widely seen as Gaddafi's most likely successor as Libya's leader.
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Before his father’s downfall and death, Saif al-Islam, now aged 49, was viewed as Gaddafi's most likely successor

An army source informed newsmen that militants and mercenaries operating on Libyan soil had announced a manhunt for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, after the country's authorities issued an arrest order for him.

"Libyan armed groups [operating in the west of the country] and foreign mercenaries have declared a manhunt for Saif al-Islam, they are searching for him and are trying to capture him," he said.

The Tripoli administration "had issued an arrest warrant for Gaddafi’s son, on suspicion of his involvement in murders <…> during the Libyan National Army’s operation to seize Tripoli," according to the Al Wasat daily. The warrant was issued on August 5, according to the publication.

Before his father's assassination and death, Saif al-Islam, now 49, was widely seen as Gaddafi's most likely successor as Libya's leader. He was kidnapped by Zintan Brigades, a Libyan militia organization, about a month after his father was brutally murdered in November 2011 and held captive for five years and six months. He was condemned to death in absentia by a Tripoli court of appeal, but Zintan Brigades refused to give him up to the government owing to a long-standing feud with them. The International Criminal Court has been seeking Saif al-extradition Islam's for years.

Saif al-Islam was released from prison in June 2017 after Libya's parliament passed a bill granting general amnesty. Supporters of Muammar Gaddafi are attempting to nominate him for the upcoming presidential election. In many media appearances, Saif al-Islam hinted at a presidential candidacy to "restore the national unity" that had been lost over decades of instability.