Saif al Islam, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who rebels and the International Criminal Court said he had been detained, arrived in the early hours of Tuesday at the Tripoli hotel where foreign reporters have been staying.
When asked if his father was safe and well in Tripoli, he replied: "Of course." Seif al-Islam arrived in the Rixos hotel, riding in a white limousine amid a convoy of armored SUVs. He took reporters on a drive through parts of the city still under the regime’s control, saying, “We are going to hit the hottest spots in Tripoli.”
When asked about the ICC’s claim that he was arrested by rebels, Seif al-Islam said: “The ICC can go to hell,” and added “We are going to break the backbone of the rebels.”
He suggested that government forces had allowed the rebels to enter Tripoli as a plot to entrap them.
The rebel leadership stunned that Seif al-Islam was free. The leadership’s spokesman, Sadeq al-Kabir, had no explanation, according to the AP. He said that another captured son, Mohammed, had escaped the home arrest that rebels had placed him in a day earlier.