Colonel Gaddafi’s fugitive son Saif al-Islam today offered to hand himself in to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, according to a Libyan transitional government official.
The London-educated playboy, 39, is the last member of the hated despot’s family still feared to be at large in Libya.
Said and former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi are proposing to surrender to the International Criminal Court, a senior military official with the National Transitional Council said.
The news comes as British Special Forces are engaged in a frantic desert manhunt for Saif. Yesterday, the southern border area with Niger was the focus of an intense search operation said to include elite troops from Britain and Qatar.
Should he not surrender, the race is on to prevent Saif – wanted for war crimes – escaping over the border into one of Libya’s neighbours, where other members of the Gaddafi clan have already found refuge.
Saif, who holds the secrets to Gaddafi’s 42-year reign, has been on the run since last Thursday when his father and brother Mutassim, 34, were captured and killed in Sirte, Dailymail reported.