Oman says Gaddafi’s family members granted asylum

March 25, 2013

Oman has granted asylum to some members of Moammar Gaddafi’s family, two of whom are wanted by Interpol, an Omani official said Monday, but Libya said it was too early to talk about any possible extradition requests.

Algeria said last week that the widow of the late Libyan leader and three of his children had left its territory long ago, without saying where they had gone.

They had sought refuge in Algeria in 2011 after rebels reached the Libyan capital, Tripoli, during the armed uprising that ended Gaddafi’s 42-year rule.

“Gaddafi’s wife, two sons and a daughter, as well as their children, have been in Oman since October last year,” an Omani government official told Reuters on the condition of anonymity.

“We have already accepted their request for asylum, provided they don’t engage in political activities,” the official added.

The official said that Gaddafi’s widow, Safia, daughter Aisha and sons Mohammed and Hannibal were among those granted asylum.

Aisha and Hannibal are wanted by Interpol on a request from Libyan authorities, but there is no international warrant for Mohammed or Safia.

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