‘Niger has not detained Saadi Gaddafi’
Saadi Gaddafi, the son of fugitive Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s
Nigerien officials say fugitive Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi has not been detained, but he has been under surveillance ever since he arrived in Niger.

Saadi Gaddafi is one of 32 members of his father’s inner circle who have arrived in Niger since September 2, according to the Nigerien prime minister.

The Libyans had crossed the border in four separate groups over the past 10 days and had been taken in by Niger for “humanitarian reasons,” Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said during a meeting with foreign diplomats in the Nigerien capital Niamey.

Niger appears to have become the only exit for members of Gadhafi’s inner circle.

After the ruler’s wife and several of his other children crossed into Algeria, that border was sealed.

It’s unlikely they would flee east to Egypt because they would need to go through rebel-held territory. And the Chadian frontier has proven difficult to cross.

Niger’s border with Libya is vast and impossible for the country’s ill-equipped and cash-strapped army to monitor.

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