Niger has granted asylum to one of the sons of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Saadi Gaddafi is believed to have been in Niger for many weeks, although his precise location is not yet known.
Niger’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou, says that Saadi Gaddafi has been granted asylum for humanitarian reasons. But he says that Gaddafi has been told very clearly that he cannot engage in any kind of political or subversive activities.
Saadi Gaddafi is the former head of Libya’s football federation, and the new Libyan government wants to put him on trial for alleged crimes committed during his father’s reign. Meanwhile the Niger government continues to insist that another of Gaddafi’s sons, Saif al Islam, is not in the country.