Red Cross expects to visit Kadhafi son in Libya soon

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The international Red Cross said Monday it expects to visit the captured son of Moamer Kadhafi, Seif al-Islam, in Libya soon.

"We think we will be able to visit him soon," said Yves Daccord, director general of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

"We are in contact with (Libya's interim) National Transitional Council and have made a request to get access to Seif al-Islam," he told journalists.

Daccord said Kadhafi's son "is someone who must be protected," adding that the ICRC had requested access not only to him but also to all the other detainees in Libya.

It follows a call by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for the humane treatment of Seif and spymaster Abdullah Senussi, also arrested at the weekend.

Libya's interim rulers have insisted that Seif, Kadhafi's one-time heir apparent, will be tried in Libya rather than at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

World powers, fearful that Seif will not be given a fair trial after his father was shot dead after being captured exactly a month ago, are urging Libya to work with the ICC.

© 2011 AFP

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