Interpol Puts Out Warrant on Gadhafi

'Red Notice' should make it harder for him to cross borders
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2011 9:02 AM CDT
Moammar Gadhafi attends the closing session of the annual summit of the Arab League in Damascus, Syria, March 30, 2008.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

(Newser) – Interpol sent out Red Notice arrest warrants for Moammar Gadhafi today, along with warrants issued for son Seif al-Islam and brother-in-law and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, CNN reports. Police around the world are urged to nab the ex-Libyan leader and extradite him to the Hague to face crimes against humanity charges. “Moammar Gadhafi is a fugitive,” Interpol’s secretary general said, “whose country of nationality and the International Criminal Court want arrested and held accountable.”

Interpol thinks the warrant, which was issued at the behest of the ICC, “will significantly restrict the ability of all three men to cross international borders” and make them easier to apprehend. Right now Gadhafi’s whereabouts remain a mystery: France thinks he’s still in Libya, but suspects he’d be offered shelter in Niger if he fled there. A top US official, meanwhile, says he doubts the Transitional National Council’s assertion that its forces have Gadhafi trapped.

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