Libyan rebels stopped three of his son, but the dictator has "no way out of Tripoli," said former Prime Minister
For 42 long years, from the moment he came to power in a bloodless coup, Gaddafi made every effort to become ubiquitous. He made his Green Book reading political philosophy is necessary and secure his portrait hung in homes, attached to buildings and engraved gold watches given as a gift.
Monday, however, the "Brother Leader and Guide of the Revolution" was nowhere. Or heard, unlike Sunday, when he published a series of audio messages calling on his supporters to fight the rebels.
"We have no confirmation on the fate of Gaddafi," said David Cameron, who returned early from vacation for the second time this summer to cope with rapid change in Tripoli.
Mahmoud NACU, Libya's new envoy in London, told the Guardian: ". We do not know exactly where, but the fighters will look to find, it may be time or day, I do not I do not know, but his time is over. "
As details emerged from the fierce battle over the Bab al-Aziziyah compound, the big question - where is the Gaddafi - has triggered a series of conflicting rumors and reports. A rebel spokesman in London said it was reported that Gaddafi, who was last seen in public in May, have fled to Algeria, which opposed the NATO intervention in Libya. However, last night his son Saif al-Islam said that the rebels had been captured, appeared before Western journalists and stated that his father was still somewhere in the Libyan capital.
South Africa was forced to deny rumors that had sent aircraft to fly at 69, to an unknown location. There was no mention of Venezuela, a country that Foreign Affairs, William Hague, said in February that the dictator had fled, and whose leader, Hugo Chavez, an old friend of Gaddafi. An arrest warrant the International Criminal Court would limit the choice of destination.
Pentagon officials, however, said they believed that remained in Libya. "We have no information that has left the country," said a spokesman.
This idea is supported by previous statements Gaddafi. Said last month in an audio stream: "Never leave the land of my ancestors, or those who have sacrificed for me." On Sunday, the rebels stormed the capital, insisted: "I am Tripoli ... I am with you until the end. "
The possibility that Gaddafi is still the vast Bab al-Aziziyah compound was supported by an unidentified diplomat was quoted by AFP, said the head was still besieged in the city and could be in the rabbit tunnels and rooms that have been subjected to repeated air strikes by NATO. Others suggested that Gaddafi may have removed one of two sites close to his heart, Sirte, the coastal city of his birth, or the desert city of Sabha, which was one of their strongholds
Whatever the truth, speculation abounded, the ghosts of other fallen leaders is never far away.While an envoy NTC said it was possible to Saif could be tried in Libya, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the rebels to surrender, and s if they are captured, his father the authorities in The Hague.