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ICC: Mercenaries Trying to Help Gadhafi's Son Flee

In this March 10, 2011 file photo, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi gestures as he speaks to supporters and the media in Tripoli, Libya.
In this March 10, 2011 file photo, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi gestures as he speaks to supporters and the media in Tripoli, Libya.

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.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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