With forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi having surrendered to rebel forces, the rebels were besieging the last stronghold where Qaddafi was believed to be hiding on Monday. Chairman Mustafa Abd-Al-Jalil of the Temporary Transition Council told a news conference that Qaddafi and the two sons arrested by rebels would stand trial, but denied that there were contacts with the United Nations, apparently aimed at holding the trial at the International Court of Justice in the Hague.
Al-Jalil nominated council ambassadors in Egypt and Tunisia to open talks with officers and other soldiers who quit Qaddafi's military. He said the council would operate for eight months to develop a draft constitution that would be in effect for 20 months. During the eight-month period, a national conference would deal with the constitution, which would be put up to a referendum. Elections would follow in about two years.