Gaddafi, freed in June after being held since the 2011 insurgency, is scheming a comeback and experts say he could benefit if elections take place next year
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan dictator, is seeking to make a comeback after years in detention, and claims to be leading a military campaign against terrorist groups around Tripoli.
Gaddafi was freed in June after six years as the captive of a militia in the town of Zintan following the Nato-supported uprising in 2011 that led to the killing of his father, Muammar Gaddafi, and the fragmentation of the country.
Saif Gaddafi was once the heir apparent of the Libyan regime, a London School of Economics graduate touted as a moderniser who mixed with British high society. Now, he stands accused of ordering the killing of protesters as the Gaddafis fought desperately to hold on to power.
But in recent weeks he has told a longstanding US contact he was meeting a force-out that had taken control of the coastal township of Sabratha- and claimed he would fight his route to Tripoli.
” Saif al-Islam is inside Libya and is committed to his word, which he dedicated to all Libyans in 2011, when he said that he will remain in Libya to defend its territory or die a martyr for it ,” a spokesman for Gaddafi said in a written statement, rendered through the US contact who had extensive dealings with him before the fall of his family’s regime.
” The forces-out who oppose in Sabratha against Isis, the gangs of illegal immigrants and the oil-smuggling mafiums were mainly members of the tribes who are in favour of Saif al-Islam, and those who were part of the former Libyan army, also loyal to Saif Gaddafi .”