Abdullah Naker, who leads the Tripoli Council of Revolutionaries, has claimed on Libya TV that he is holding Abdullah Senussi, Qaddafi’s hated intelligence chief.
Senussi, who was Qaddafi’s brother-in-law, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
This is the second time that Naker has claimed to be holding Senussi. He made a similar claim on 2 December last year.
Speaking on TV on Sunday, he said that he would not hand him over to the government but that he had discussed his prisoner with American officials. He said that Senussi had many secrets, which, if divulged, would cost the Libyan people a great deal of money.
Naker did not indicate what those secrets might be. He did, however, go on to say that the LD 2,000 being offered by the government to every husband and wife in the country was not enough and demanded that more be given.
There is widespread scepticism in Libya as to Naker’s claims. He has never shown any photos of Senussi or provided any other proof.
There were reports that Senussi was captured in Sebha on 20 November. However, doubts have been expressed as to the truth of them and most Libyans believe that Senussi was killed on 20 October in Sirte when the convoy in which he was fleeing with Mutassim Qaddafi was bombed.
The Tripoli Council of Revolutionaries has nothing to do with the official Tripoli Military Council, headed by Abdul Hakim Belhaj. [/restrict]