Rebels: We'll Let Gadhafi Leave If...

Group sets conditions for leader's ouster, according to one source
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2011 10:55 AM CST
Libyan rebels who are part of the forces against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi sit in their vehicle near Ras Lanuf, eastern Libya, Monday, March 7, 2011.   (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

(Newser) – And the conflicting reports just keep coming: Al Jazeera is reporting that the head of a major Libyan rebel group has promised that if Moammar Gadhafi "leaves Libya immediately, during 72 hours, and stops the bombardment, we as Libyans will step back from pursuing him for crimes. We may waive our right of domestic prosecution for the crimes of oppression, persecution, starvation and massacres," Mustafa Abdel Jalil told Al Jazeera.

Jalil, the head of the National Libyan Council, says he has communicated the offer to Gadhafi’s “indirect negotiators,” apparently confirming reports that Gadhafi had dispatched a representative to Benghazi over the weekend. CNN, however, is reporting that it just ain't so: Council spokesman Abdel Hafez Ghoga has reportedly denied that the opposition would let Gadhafi off the hook if he left in the next three days.

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