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10-24-2011 15:04 BJT Special Report: Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi dies |

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Profile: Saif al-Islam, second son of Muammar Gaddafi 
 
TRIPOLI, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Saif al-Islam, considered to be the most likely to succeed his father Muammar Gaddafi who was killed Thursday in Sirte, has been on the run since the ruling National Transitional Council took control of the capital Tripoli two months ago.

Earlier on June 27, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Saif, his father and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity, and on Sept. 9, the international police agency INTERPOL issued Red Notice for the three as requested by ICC.

The 39-year-old Saif, who was without formal political office but enjoyed wide influence, had stayed defiant since Gaddafi's troops were driven out of Tripoli by the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) on Aug. 23. He had vowed to soon " liberate" the Green Square in Tripoli from the NTC forces' control on Aug. 31.

Saif, the second son of Gaddafi and his second wife Safia Farkash, was born on June 25, 1972.

Saif, who was nicknamed "Engineer Saif," studied engineering science at the Al-Fateh University in Tripoli, and received his degree in architecture and engineering in 1995.

He later obtained a management degree from the International Business School in Vienna, the capital of Austria, and afterwards, got a PhD from the London School of Economic. He had been an architect with his own architectural agency in the Libyan capital.

Saif speaks English, German and a little French. He had appeared deliberate and calm before the camera, and was pictured as the reformist face until the unrest started. He usually took care of public relations and diplomacy for his father.

The second son of Gaddafi had negotiated compensation for families of the victims killed in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and the bombing of a French flight in 1989.

He announced withdrawal from politics in a speech in 2008.

The bachelor is said to keep two lions as pets, and as past- time, he liked sea fishing, hunting with falcons in the deserts and horse riding besides painting.

In February, when the protests that finally toppled Gaddafi began to escalate, Saif made a speech on Libya's state TV, in which he blamed the disturbance on tribal factions and Islamists acting on their own agenda.

He promised reforms and warned that otherwise there would be a civil war leading to no trade, no oil money, and the North African country taken over by foreign powers. He had threatened tens of thousands could lose their lives if the protests continued and there would be "a river of blood."

 

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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