Gaddafi’s playboy son,” what secrets” will he now reveal, to try and save his own sink?
Gaddafi's playboy son Saif capture by the rebels will now be quizzed about, Tony Blair who is already well known as a liar, cheat, and a man who cannot be trusted, Now Mandelson and Prince Andrew’s friendships come into the light, just how deep do they go? And how dark are they, if we should now compare them to a Tony Blair? What will find out that some others already no, well that’s if Saif is not killed first to keep the many dark secrets secret?
Saif Al-Islam, was found near southern town of Obar, reportedly 'in good health'
Libya's Justice Minister says Gaddafi's heir could now face death penalty well that would keep all the real dark secrets safe he knows, but not what others no?
The news sparks celebrations right across the country; British Prime Minister David Cameron says the capture 'shows we are near the end of the final chapter of the Gaddafi regime'
Saif Al Islam Gaddafi was looking haggard and fearful, after his capture by Libyan fighters yesterday.
His old swagger gone, the British-educated son of Colonel Gaddafi was clearly terrified that he might encounter the same fate as his father, who was killed a month ago.
Saif could yet face the death penalty for his crimes, but Libyan officials promised he would, at least, receive a fair trial and that trial could prove highly embarrassing for influential British figures which including Prince Andrew, if Saif reveals details of the close links he enjoyed with them, we all also no that Tony Blair was a great personal friend who is now known for the man he really is an absolute disgrace a lair, cheat a man that will do anything to feed his own greed even betray is country.
The 39-year-old former playboy and womaniser was captured trying to flee across the border into Niger. A mob of angry protesters tried to storm the plane but were beaten back by soldiers under orders to keep their prisoner alive so he could face justice.
Only three weeks ago Saif had vowed to avenge his father’s death, declaring defiantly: ‘I am alive and free and willing to fight to the end.’
But last night he was facing the likelihood of trial in his own country – or extradition to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity.
Thousands of Libyans celebrated in the streets after hearing that the fugitive, who remained loyal to his father’s murderous regime to the end, had been captured without a struggle.
Saif’s captors said they found only a few thousand dollars and a cache of rifles in the seized vehicles.
After his capture, he was photographed lying on a bed in a prison cell, his fingers wrapped in bandages and his legs covered with a blanket. Officials said the injury had been sustained in a NATO air raid a month ago.
Saif a London School of Economics graduate, who threw wild parties in the South of France and owned a £10 million mansion in Hampstead, will now face the judgment of his own people and of the international community.
If he decides to reveal all he knows about his British relations with Libya during his father’s rule, his evidence could prove highly embarrassing.
Under international laws, Libya has the right to put Saif on trial. The ICC will only act if a country is unable or unwilling to prosecute.
Many Libyans want him tried in his own country because they believe he knows the location of billions of dollars of public money amassed by the Gaddafi family.
‘The good news is that Saif Al Islam is arrested, he is alive, and now he will face justice,’ said ICC lawyer Luis Moreno Ocampo.
Libya’s justice minister said Saif would now be put on trial in his homeland for crimes that carry the death penalty, including instigating others to kill and misusing public funds.
Mohammed Al Alagy said: ‘We are ready to prosecute him. We have adopted enough legal and judicial procedures to ensure a fair trial for him.’
Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib celebrated Saif’s capture as the ‘crowning’ of the rebel uprising and said: ‘Saif Al Islam will receive a fair trial under fair legal processes which our own people have been deprived of for the last 40 years.’
David Cameron said the arrest was ‘a great achievement for the Libyan people and must now become a victory for international justice too’.
Once seen as a reformer who could end Libya’s isolation, Saif had cultivated relationships with those at the heart of the British Establishment.
Prince Andrew was a regular visitor to Tripoli as a trade ambassador and is reported to have played host to Saif at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Lord Powell, and John Major, chaired a company that agreed construction deals in Libya who are both living very well indeed for those deals.
Another person linked to Saif is Nat Rothschild, of the banking dynasty, who has business interests in Libya. In 2008 Saif was a guest at a party thrown by Mr Rothschild at his New York home. He was later a guest at a shooting party at Mr Rothschild’s British country home and also stayed at the family’s villa in Corfu but his friendship with Rothschild is of no real interest to England.
Lord Mandelson, then Labour’s Business Secretary, was also a friend and guest at the villa and has admitted discussing with Saif the fate of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, who was later released from prison in Scotland because of failing health by some back door dealings.
But the main effort to forge closer links with Gaddafi’s Libya was led by Tony Blair. In August 2003, Tripoli agreed to compensate the Lockerbie victims and accepted responsibility for its involvement in the atrocity and just five days later, Tony Blair introduced a UN resolution to lift sanctions against the pariah state. The following year, he embraced Colonel Gaddafi when they met in the Colonel’s tent near Tripoli to discuss bilateral relations Tony Blair and been paid very well for looking after Gaddafi’s interest? Blair is still enjoying a very handsome and very comfortable life.
Saif knows England well since studying for a PhD at the London School of Economics. British former Ambassador to America, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, has been forced to deny claims he helped him with his thesis which is also known to be lies.
But Sir Howard Davies resigned as LSE director after it emerged that Saif’s charitable foundation had given the college a grant of £1.5 million.
Last year, Saif was invited to give a speech at the university, at which Professor David Held described him as ‘someone who looks to democracy, civil society and deep liberal values for the core of his inspiration’ just more lies upon lies.
Tony Blair will have great cause to worry what secrets Saif might disclose
Saif Al Islam Gaddafi was captured on his way to Niger, where his family had bought themselves many friends with their country’s oil money Tony Blair being among them those friends, other friends from the past will also have cause to worry because Saif is party to many potentially embarrassing secrets.
The question now is will Saif be tried at the International Criminal Court or will he face rough justice in Libya, where there is no judiciary in place? Saif would obviously prefer the ICC and I understand communication had already been opened regarding a possible negotiated surrender, so there is still a chance. However, a Libyan trial is the more likely which would suit many with secrets to hide.
NATO almost certainly had a hand in the summary execution of Muammar Gaddafi, who also knew too many secrets that would have come to light in a full and fair trial in The Hague. A ‘revolutionary court’ in Tripoli will most likely sentence Saif to death and his secrets will be buried with him.
So what secrets could the ICC hear? The most damaging, in all likelihood, concern Tony Blair. Last year we heard from very good sources that the former Prime Minister had become an adviser to the Libyan Investment Authority, a £40 billion fund established by the Gadhafi in 2006.
Around the same time, Saif said that Tony Blair had become a good friend of the family and had visited Libya several times. While in office, Tony Blair was one of the most enthusiastic advocates for Colonel Gaddafi’s rehabilitation with the international community and became a regular visitor to the leader’s tent in Tripoli from 2004. And by 2007, Tony Blair was using his access to the Libyan leader to the advantage of multinational companies, securing a £600 million oil deal for BP which Blair was also paid handsomely.
The nature of the relationship between Tony Blair and the Gaddafi family and what personal advantages he may have accrued as a result are a matter for speculation. Saif, of course, knows all the true facts and this could come out in a fair court hearing.
In June 2010, Tony Blair denied he was an adviser to Colonel Gaddafi, but this is the man who asserted that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and that he and his wife didn’t know that the Australian conman they bought the son’s flat’s from had convictions as long as your arm. Also after a piece written by Sir Michael Black-Feather, the English first minister of the English national party last year on Tony Blair many Arabs do not consider that Blair’s word can now be trusted, and Tony Blair is a known lair.
While Saif al-Islam has for now avoided the brutal fate of his father - killed shortly after his capture - it is far from clear what will happen next.
Western states in particular are keen that he be handed over to the International Criminal Court, which indicted him earlier this year for crimes against humanity during the crackdown on protesters but also they want to know what secrets he holds and who’s in the dark circle.
Senior members of Libya's NTC have said they would rather he was tried in the country, but for now lack any coherent legal system with which to do so. As things stand, it is far from clear whether those in charge in Tripoli have the influence to take control of the prisoner.
'His fair prosecution at the ICC will afford Libyans a chance to see justice served in a trial that the international community stands behind.'
Human Rights Watch said there was far too much evidence of extrajudicial killings of former Gaddafi loyalists by opposition fighters as well as mistreatment in custody.
Rights group Amnesty International said an immediate transfer to the ICC was the best option for Saif al-Islam.
'He must be handed over to the ICC, and his safety and rights must be guaranteed," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director.
'After what happened after the capture of Muammar and Mutassim Gaddafi, we hold the NTC responsible for preventing similar harm coming to Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, so that he can face justice for his alleged crimes in a fair trial with no death penalty.'
But other analysts are unconvinced that handing the most prominent surviving member of the Gaddafi clan over to perceived foreign justice is a viable option for the NTC, keen to avoid any perceptions it might become a Western stooge.
A well conducted trial, they say, could actually serve to burnish the NTC's reputation. But some worry that a chaotic trial - particularly if followed by an execution - could simply reinforce the image of a country largely out of control. Others ponder just how much political damage the well-connected Saif al-Islam might do in the witness box.
'A prolonged trial may also bring divisions to the surface, and Saif may know a lot of secrets that could damage the reputations of some in the NTC and the West,' said Fraser.
'He could potentially throw the cat among the pigeons and divert attention from the task of restoring security and political stability.'