The Straits Times
Published on Oct 21, 2012

Gaddafi's spokesman arrested on anniversary


TRIPOLI (AFP) - Libyan officials on Saturday announced the arrest of Mr Mussa Ibrahim, the last spokesman for dictator Muammar Gaddafi, after warning the country was still not fully "liberated" one year after the strongman's death.

"Mussa Ibrahim was arrested at a checkpoint in the town of Tarhuna," read a brief statement sent to journalists. "(He) is being taken to Tripoli where he will be handed over to the pertinent authorities to begin questioning."

Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur confirmed the news on Twitter: "Criminal Mussa Ibrahim was arrested and he is now on his way to Tripoli."

Rumours of the arrest of Mr Ibrahim - the public voice of the Gaddafi regime in its final months, and that of other personalities of the former regime - said to be fleeing from the besieged town of Bani Walid, had swirled since the morning.