The wife, three children and several grandchildren of former Libyan dictator of Muammar Qaddafi have surfaced in Algeria.
Qaddafi's wife Safiya, his daughter Aisha, his sons Hannibal and Muhammed, and their children reportedly crossed into Algeria on Monday morning, according to officials from the Algerian foreign ministry. Hannibal and Muhammed had the least connection to politics, according to a report by the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC).
The ministry did not say whether Qaddafi himself was with the group or not, but did report that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the U.N. Security Council had been informed. Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, head of the Libyan National Transitional Council, the country's new de facto government, had also been told.
Jalil's aide, Ahmed Jibril, told the Huffington Post that if the report is true, “we will demand that Algerian authorities hand them over to Libya to be tried before Libyan courts.”
The victorious rebel forces that just last week had captured the Libyan capital and seized Qaddafi's compound, expressed fury at the report.
“We have promised to provide a just trial to all those criminals and therefore we consider this an act of aggression,” NTC spokesman Mahmoud Shamman told the Reuters news agency. “We are warning anyone not to shelter Qaddafi and his sons. We are going after them in any place to find them and arrest them,” Shamman added.