Saif al Islam is one of Muammar Gadafi's sons. He had been heir apparent to his father, and his right hand man.
He has been on the run since Libya imploded and there have been various rumours concerning his whereabouts and whether or not he is still alive. Earlier this week it was rumoured that he was heading toward the African country of Niger. Now it seems he may be already there and wanting to hand himself over to the ICC or International Criminal Court. Other reports claim he is heading for Zimbabwe.
The ICC has said that it has been in indirect contact with Saif. Although he is a wanted man, charged with crimes against humanity, the ICC has assured Saif he will be classed as innocent until proven guilty.
Gaddafi's son is certain to feel wary. His father was slain in murky circumstances. An ICC member said, "The office of the prosecutor has made it clear that if he surrenders to the ICC, he has the right to be heard in court, he is innocent until proven guilty. The judges will decide."
Saif knows that there are few hiding places. The arrest warrant against him was issued in June 2011 and he has been on the run since. Niger have said that although he is free to enter the country they will obey the law and hand him over.
Of course his greatest concern right now will be what could happen to him should he fall into the hands of the new Libyan authorities. For some though it would just seem poetic justice.
In those heady days, not so long ago, when a new Libya looked to be just around the corner, most people believed that Colonel Gaddafi and his followers would be long gone by this time. How wrong they were. It is now October 5, 2011 and the Transitional National Council of Libya, and its NATO forces, are no nearer to getting their hands on Gaddafi than they were months ago.
The news has gone pretty cold on Libya, and Libya is in danger of becoming just another forgotten conflict in just another forgotten country
Before the revolution in Libya it was probably easier to guess where Gaddafi and his cronies where. Since he and others have been on the run his location is hard to pinpoint. Forces have a few ideas of his whereabouts but little in the way of hard facts.In true "UK Del Boy" style Gaddafi continues to "duck and dive" his way out of the reach of his pursuers. It must be frustrating for many to say the least. A new peaceful Libya is of course possible even if Gaddafi remains elusive, but it may not last. One way or another Gaddafi and those loyal to him must be caught. It will then fall on whoever, to decide their fate.If they remain in hiding there is always the chance of a return, resurgence or continued upheaval. The lack of regular news reports means that Nato Forces and the TNC may not be having it all their own way. When they are, regular reports seem to flow constantly. Of course some of that is the propaganda war. The latest report from Reuters states that Gaddafi is determined he will not suffer the same fate as Saddam Hussein. Perhaps then, if the time and circumstances become right, he may instead choose to follow the path of Adolf Hitler. In the long run it would safe a lot of time, money, grief and effort.