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Algeria says Gaddafi relatives left its territory long ago

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:04 GMT
Author: Reuters
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TUNIS, March 22 (Reuters) - Algeria has said three of Muammar Gaddafi's children and his widow left its territory long ago, without saying where the relatives of the former Libyan leader had gone.

The Libyan news agency quoted the Algerian ambassador to Tripoli, Abdel-Hamid Bouzaher, as saying the four had left Algeria "a long time ago", but did not specify when.

Gaddafi's wife and three of his adult children sought refuge in Algeria in 2011 after Libyan rebels reached the capital Tripoli during the armed uprising that ended his 42-year rule.

His daughter Aisha and son Hannibal are wanted by Interpol following a request from the Libyan authorities, but there is no international warrant for his son Mohammed or widow Safia.

Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam, captured by rebels more than a year ago, appeared in a Libyan court for the first time in January. Libya wants to try him and other former Gaddafi-era officials itself, although Saif al-Islam has been indicted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court

Another of Gaddafi's sons, Saadi, fled to Niger at the end of the revolt in which his father was overthrown and killed. (Reporting by Ali Shuaib; Writing by Tarek Amara; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

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