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Gaddafi son put on most-wanted list

Interpol has placed another of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons on the equivalent of its most-wanted list.

The move puts further pressure on the government of Niger to surrender al-Saadi Gaddafi, who is accused of overseeing bloody repressions.

A Niger presidential spokesman said al-Saadi Gaddafi is living under house arrest in the Western African country's capital, Niamey, after fleeing Libya earlier this month via the desert bordering the two nations.

Interpol has already issued red notices for Colonel Gaddafi and his son Seif al-Islam Gaddafi based on a request by the International Criminal Court. Both men have been charged with crimes against humanity.

The international police agency said in a statement that it had issued a red notice for al-Saadi Gaddafi, based on a request by Libya's National Transitional Council - the first time Interpol has issued such a notice at the request of Libya's post-Gaddafi leadership.

Interpol said the notice was based on accusations that the 38-year-old misappropriated property and engaged in "armed intimidation" when he headed the Libyan Football Federation.

He was also a special forces commander and is the subject of UN sanctions for commanding military units involved in repression of demonstrations.

Massoudou Hassoumi, the chief of staff of Niger's president, told The Associated Press this month that his country would abide by all international obligations regarding members of Gaddafi's regime. He said they were ready to hand al-Saadi Gaddafi to the International Criminal Court if it issued a warrant for his arrest.

Interpol's red notices are the highest-level alerts it can issue to member countries. The notices do not force countries to turn over suspects but strongly urge them to, and countries which ignore such notices can come under pressure from the international community.

The international police agency had urged authorities in Niger and surrounding countries - and those with direct flights to Niger - to watch out for and arrest Gaddafi "with a view to returning him to Libya" for prosecution.

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