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Libyan rebels: GADHAFI SON offers to surrender – Yahoo! News

August 31, 2011

AP – FILE — Al-Saadi Gadhafi, third son of the Libyan leader, Moammar Gadhafi, speaks to the media as he …

Libyan rebels: Gadhafi son offers to surrender

By BEN HUBBARD, Associated Press – 44 mins ago

TRIPOLI, Libya – Moammar Gadhafi’s son al-Saadi is trying to negotiate the terms of his own surrender, the rebel commander in Tripoli told The Associated Press on Wednesday in what would be a major blow to the Libyan leader’s crumbling regime.

The commander, Abdel Hakim Belhaj, said al-Saadi first called him Tuesday and asked whether his safety could be guaranteed. “We told him ‘Don’t fear for your life. We will guarantee your rights as a human being, and will deal with you humanely,’ said Belhaj, confirming a report on Al-Jazeera television. Belhaj added that al-Saadi would be turned over to Libyan legal authorities after his surrender.

If the offer is confirmed — the rebels have previously claimed to have captured Gadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam, who later turned up free — the surrender would give the rebels a significant boost as they try to consolidate their hold over the country with the longtime dictator and several sons and aides still at large.

Opposition fighters have been pressing toward Gadhafi’s key remaining stronghold, his hometown of Sirte, and loyalists now only control a handful of areas, including Bani Walid to the west.

Belhaj said Al-Saadi told him he had not killed anyone, and that “he was not against the people.”

“I told him ‘This is good. What is important for us is not to shed Libyan blood. For the members of the regime to surrender is the best way to do this,'” said Belhaj.

The commander said al-Saadi had called back Wednesday morning, but that he had missed the call. He said he knows al-Saadi’s whereabouts, but prefers to negotiate a surrender. He gave no further details.

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