Quoted by the local media on Sunday, Marou Amadou said “should Libyans seeking asylum in Niger are declared wanted for alleged crimes under international law, we will abide by such a law and hand them over if we receive a formal request”.
The Nigerien official confirmed that on Thursday and Friday three generals close to deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi had fled into the town of Agadez, in northern Niger, including Ali Kana, the military head of a unit in the south of Libya and Ali Sharif Al Rifi, the head of military aviation under the old regime.
Local sources also confirmed to APA by phone, that Libyan high ranking officers are staying at the “Etoile du Tenere” Hotel in the centre of the town.
Adam Adel Moumine, the boss of a tourist agency in Agadez, said the hotel in question “does not belong to Gaddafi as some media outlets are putting it. It was built by Nigeriens who actually run it.”
Earlier this week, the International Criminal Court had called on Interpol to help arrest Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif El Islam and his brother-in-law Abdallah Senoussi accused of “crimes against humanity” during the uprising which led to a rebellion to oust his regime.
The Nigerien government spokesman also denied Gaddafi’s presence in Niger, while vowing that his country will abide by its commitments to international law and hand him over to the ICC if he was found and arrested in Niger.
About fifteen Libyans, among them Mansur Dawn, the chief of Gaddafi’s security brigades and Abdallah Mansur, the Libyan television executive manager, are currently in Niamey where they found refuge Tuesday.