Libya: Niger extradites Gadhafi’s son al-Saadi

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FILE – In this undated file photo made available on Sunday Sept. 25, 2011, al-Saadi Gadhafi, son of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, watches a military exercise by the elite military unit commanded by his brother, Khamis, in Zlitan, Libya. Libya says Niger has extradited Moammar Gadhafi’s son al-Saadi, who fled as his father’s regime crumbled in 2011 and who was under house arrest in the desert West African nation ever since. A Libyan official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, says al-Saadi arrived early on Thursday March 6, 2014 at the Tripoli airport and was transferred to a prison in the capital. (AP Photo/Abdel Magid al-Fergany, File)

FILE – In this undated file photo made available on Sunday Sept. 25, 2011, al-Saadi Gadhafi, son of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, watches a military exercise by the elite military unit commanded by his brother, Khamis, in Zlitan, Libya. Libya says Niger has extradited Moammar Gadhafi’s son al-Saadi, who fled as his father’s regime crumbled in 2011 and who was under house arrest in the desert West African nation ever since. A Libyan official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, says al-Saadi arrived early on Thursday March 6, 2014 at the Tripoli airport and was transferred to a prison in the capital. (AP Photo/Abdel Magid al-Fergany, File)

FILE – In this Tuesday, July 3, 2001 file photo, Al-Saadi Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, smiles during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo. Libya says Niger has extradited Moammar Gadhafi’s son al-Saadi, who fled as his father’s regime crumbled in 2011 and who was under house arrest in the desert West African nation ever since. A Libyan official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, says al-Saadi arrived early on Thursday March 6, 2014 at the Tripoli airport and was transferred to a prison in the capital. (AP Photo/Tsugufumi Matsumoto, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2005 file photo, al-Saadi Gadhafi, the son of Moammar Gadhafi, answers a question during a press conference in Sydney, Australia. Libya says Niger has extradited Moammar Gadhafi’s son al-Saadi, who fled as his father’s regime crumbled in 2011 and who was under house arrest in the desert West African nation ever since. A Libyan official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, says al-Saadi arrived early on Thursday March 6, 2014 at the Tripoli airport and was transferred to a prison in the capital. (AP Photo/Dan Peled, File)

FILE – In this file Monday, Aug. 30, 1999 photo, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, right, honors al-Saadi Gadhafi, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, with the rank of colonel in the Jordanian army at Amman’s hilltop Raghadan Palace. Libya says Niger has extradited Moammar Gadhafi’s son al-Saadi, who fled as his father’s regime crumbled in 2011 and who was under house arrest in the desert West African nation ever since. A Libyan official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, says al-Saadi arrived early on Thursday March 6, 2014 at the Tripoli airport and was transferred to a prison in the capital. (AP Photo, File)

FILE – In this undated photo made available Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, al-Saadi Gadhafi, centre, and Hannibal Gadhafi, right, sons of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, watch a military exercise by the elite military unit commanded by their brother, Khamis, in Zlitan – 90 miles (140 kilometers) southeast of Tripoli, Libya. Libya says Niger has extradited Moammar Gadhafi’s son al-Saadi, who fled as his father’s regime crumbled in 2011 and who was under house arrest in the desert West African nation ever since. A Libyan official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, says al-Saadi arrived early on Thursday March 6, 2014 at the Tripoli airport and was transferred to a prison in the capital. (AP Photo/Abdel Magid al-Fergany, File)

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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Niger on Thursday extradited to Libya one of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons, al-Saadi, who fled as his father’s regime crumbled in 2011 and who was under house arrest in the desert West African nation ever since, the government in Tripoli said.

The authorities said al-Saadi — one of the deposed Libyan leader’s eight children — will be treated “in accordance with international law.”

A Libyan official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said al-Saadi arrived in the early hours on Thursday at the Tripoli airport and was transferred to a prison in the capital.

Shortly after the news broke, photographs circulated on social media showing al-Saadi in a blue prison uniform while Libyan guards were shaving his hair and beard.

Al-Saadi was known for his love of professional soccer and a playboy lifestyle. His brief career in Italian football ended after a failed drug test. He headed Libya’s Football Federation and was also the former head of the country’s special forces.

Like most of Gadhafi loyalists and ex-regime officials, al-Saadi is wanted for his role in curbing protests against his father’s rule and the killing of protesters.

But unlike his brother, Seif al-Islam, who was groomed to be Gadhafi’s successor, al-Saadi is not sought by the International Criminal Court. Seif al-Islam is held by a militia in the western Libyan town of Zintan, which refuses to hand him over to the central government for trial.

With Thursday’s extradition, al-Saadi joins Seif al-Islam as the only two of Gadhafi’s children currently in Libya. At least three other Gadhafi’s sons were killed during the uprising while the rest of the children sought asylum in neighboring Algeria, along with Gadhafi’s wife and al-Saadi’s mother, Safiya. The mother, a sister and two brothers, were granted asylum in Oman in 2012 and moved there from Algeria.

Niger had previously refused to comply with Libyan requests for al-Saadi, saying that once he was back

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