Kadhafi son denies regime attacked civilians

1st March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Seif al-Islam, the son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, denied that his father's regime had attacked civilians, in an interview with Britain's Sky News television on Tuesday.

He challenged Western powers and journalists to find evidence of the Libyan regime using the military against its own people or bombing areas of Tripoli, in the interview recorded in Libyan capital.

"Give me one single evidence," the leader's son said, saying journalists were free to go anywhere in the country.

Asked if he categorically denied that the regime had attacked their own people from the air, he said: "Yes, we deny this."

"We are ready for any fact-finding mission from any country in the world. Now we have hundreds of reporters, they can go wherever they want. Meet whoever they want. Give me a single evidence," he said.

Seif also rejected the assertion that the government had lost control of eastern Libya but admitted there was no longer any organised army there.

"There is a problem in the east, we have to admit. But the east is 20 percent of the country. The rest is OK," he said.

"Yes, there is no organised army any more there but it is still part of Libya.

"There are some terrorist groups, small numbers, in two cities. They want to create their own states. They have (a) radio channel, they have small militia, but it's not a big deal."

He insisted: "The rest of the population, the two million people there, they are not with them."

Asked if he or his father had any plans to leave Libya, he replied: "We are Libyans. For me at least, I'm a normal citizen. This is my country. We live here, we die here. We leave? Why? For what?"

He added: "We have no intention to be a ruling family. I said this many, many times, before, for the last 10 years. We need democracy in Libya. But we should start with laws, constitution, local governance, election.

"Now the priority is to restore peace and harmony.

"At this time, nobody is talking about regime change because it's not a priority for anybody."

© 2011 AFP

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