Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, want to “restore lost drive” of Libya after a decade of chaos and opens the door to being a candidate for the presidency, he declared in an interview with The New York Times.
Libyan politicians “have brought nothing but misery. The time has come to return to the past. The country is on the ground, there is no money, there is no security. There is no life here“Saif al-Islam, 49, who appeared publicly for the first time in four years, reported the AFP agency.
In 2011 a popular revolt ousted Muammar Gaddafi from power after four decades. His collaborators and relatives died, were imprisoned or were forced to go into exile.
Three of Gaddafi’s sons died, but the fate of the fourth, Saif al-Islam, who was long considered his father’s successor, was a mystery.
An armed group captured him in November 2011 in Zenten, in northwestern Libya, and in 2015 he was sentenced to death.
But the group refused to hand him over to the authorities of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is looking for him for “crimes against humanity.” In 2017 he released him and since then he had lost his trail.
In its first meeting with a foreign journalist in a decade, Saif al-Islam claimed that he was a “free man” and that is organizing his return to politicsAlthough it did not provide details of how it will do so.
“Disappointed with the revolution,” the rebels who captured him “finally realized that he could be a powerful ally,” he adds in the long interview with The New York Times.
Former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, Father Saif al-Islam, who wants to follow in his footsteps.
After a decade of struggle for power amid foreign interference, Libya has been led since March by a provisional government that intends to unite the institutions before the legislative and presidential elections scheduled in December.
A possible candidacy of Saif al-Islam runs into problems: his conviction by a Libyan court and the arrest warrant from the ICC.
He is “convinced that these legal issues could be negotiated if the majority of the Libyan people elected him as their chief,” he writes with The New York Times.