According to local sources, General Ali Kana – A senior general in Libyan ex-leader Col Muammar Gaddafi‘s forces – has fled to Niger.
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, which is seeking the men for alleged crimes against humanity, requested Interpol issued its top most-wanted alert for the arrest of the former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, his son Seif al-Islam and the country’s ex-head of military intelligence, Abdullah al-Senoussi.
Interpol announced on Friday that it has issued and transmitted the red notices to its 188 member countries. A red notice is the equivalent to being on the Lyon, France-based international police body’s most-wanted list.
The police agency declared the new warrant:
“would significantly restrict the ability of all three men to cross international borders”.
The National Transitional Council (NTC) has been trying to negotiate a peaceful resolution to stand-offs in a handful of areas – including Bani Walid, Jufra, Sabha and Col Muammar Gaddafi‘s birthplace of Sirte.
NTC forces last week warned stalwarts they must surrender by Saturday, or face a military attack.
There have been further fights there ahead of the Saturday deadline. Grad rockets have been fired by pro-Gaddafi forces resisting in the town. Sources report clashes near Sirte.
The question of Gadhafi’s whereabouts has been the subject of extensive speculation in Libya, and rumors have put him everywhere from deep in a bunker under Tripoli to safe in exile in neighboring Niger or Algeria.
On Thursday, Muammar Gadhafi himself dismissed talk of his flight, saying in an audio broadcast that he’s still in Libya, and exhorting followers to keep fighting. But in recent days several convoys of formerly loyal fighters have streamed over the border with Niger.