Top aide of Libya's Gadhafi arrested in Egypt

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm •  Published: March 19, 2013
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CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces arrested a close aide of ousted Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi on Tuesday following a siege at his Cairo home, a security official and witnesses said.

Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam surrendered to Egyptian security forces after shots were fired, they said. An intelligence official under Gadhafi, Qaddaf al-Dam is among dozens wanted for their role in Libya's 2011 civil war that ended with Gadhafi's capture and killing.

Police surrounded his home in the Cairo neighborhood of Zamalek before dawn Tuesday. Gunshots were heard during the siege, but it was unclear who fired at whom.

The official said three policemen were wounded. The official spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

Tens of pro-Gadhafi Libyans living in Cairo converged on the scene to denounce the arrest, chanting, "God, Moammar, Libya!"

Fares Gadhafi, an Egyptian who said he is a descendant of Gadhafi's tribe, described Qaddaf al-Dam as a national hero and claimed he participated in Egypt's 1973 war against Israel. Qaddaf al-Dam is a cousin of the late dictator.

"Now they're handing him over to the dogs," he shouted.

In Tripoli, members of the interim Libyan parliament applauded when the news of the arrest was read aloud.

Egyptian authorities issued a warrant for Qaddaf al-Dam's arrest after Interpol issued a "red notice" to extradite him to Libya to face corruption charges.

The Egyptian prosecution ordered Qaddaf al-Dam detained for 30 days to allow charges against him to be filed by Libya, the Egyptian state news agency reported.

Officials said Qaddaf al-Dam may face further prosecution by Egyptian authorities for resisting arrest.

Also arrested Tuesday were former Libyan ambassador Ali Mahmoud Maria and former government official Mohamed Ali Ibrahim. Egyptian police detained them on Tuesday in other neighborhoods of Cairo. They surrendered without resistance.

Last year Libya's prosecutor general requested that Egypt hand over 40 Libyans affiliated with Gadhafi's regime. They are suspected of committing offenses during the eight-month civil war.

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