The International Criminal Court says intermediaries have been in touch with a fugitive son of the late Libyan leader, Moammar Gadhafi, to discuss a possible surrender so he can face trial.
ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo also said Saturday the court has learned that mercenaries are trying to help Seif al-Islam Gadhafi flee to an African country.
Moreno-Ocampo said his office could order an interception of a plane trying to take him to another nation. Recent reports have said Seif al-Islam was traveling through the Sahara to a neighboring country.
The ICC has charged Seif al-Islam Gadhafi with crimes against humanity. He is accused of killing civilian protesters during the uprising against his father’s regime.
On Saturday, the Reuters news service quoted Moreno-Ocampo as saying Seif al-Islam told intermediaries he is innocent of the charges.
In other news, NATO is preparing to wrap up its seven-month-old Libya mission on Monday.
NATO ministers approved a resolution Friday that will terminate the alliance’s air campaign. NATO made its decision a day after the U.N. Security Council voted to cancel its mandate that established the mission. voa