Gadaffi's Supposedly Arrested Son, Very Much Free, Hobnobbing With Reporters At Tripoli's Rixos Hotel
When we said yesterday, while presenting live video of the "alleged" Libyan revolution, that "Since everyone is blatantly lying, on both sides of the conflict, we leave it to readers to decide what is actually happening." Which is why we can understand why some may have gotten the impression that Gadaffi's son Saif al Isam was arrested, after the Libyan rebel movement first reported this, and the ICC subsequently confirmed. Because it turns out he is anything but. According to Reuters, "Saif al Islam, the son of Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi who rebels and the International Criminal Court had been arrested, arrived in the early hours of Tuesday at the Tripoli hotel where foreign reporters have been staying." The following live blog from SkyNews merely confirms what we said yesterday: namely that Libyans on both sides of the divided have taken to doing what the developed (and for now, far less revolutionary) world does so well on a daily basis - lie to everyone about everything.
The leader's 39-year-old son, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, was seen by several journalists at Tripoli's Rixos hotel.
It had been reported that two of Col Gaddafi's sons, Saif al Islam and Mohammed, had been captured by the rebels.
But Said was also been filmed being greeted by supporters in streets near the Rixos hotel. He told reporters his father was safe and well but did not reveal the leader's whearabouts.
It comes after it was claimed Col Gaddafi's compound in the capital was being bombed by Nato warplanes as forces loyal to the dictator make what could be a final stand.
Al Arabiya TV station reported that rebel sources had said the longstanding leader's base was coming under bombardment as clashes continued in the city.
Anti-government forces aim to maintain the control they gained over the majority of the city on Sunday night.
There have been reports of violence near the Bab al Aziziyah compound and around the Rixos hotel in the city's centre.
Reuters reported Al Arabiya TV as saying a third son, Saadi, has also been captured.
There are also unconfirmed reports that Col Gaddafi's youngest son Khamis Gaddafi, who runs a section of the Libyan army called the Khamis Brigade, has been found dead.
But so far there has been no sign of the embattled leader himself.
There has been much speculation about his whereabouts - Sky's foreign affairs correspondent Lisa Holland has said she believes he is still in Tripoli.
And, as yesterday, we conclude with the latent question: how long until the counterrevolution, and the latest slaughter of all those who yet again played the Brent-WTI compression trade, only to get carted out feet first.
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