Kadhafi to be tried in Libya, polls in 8 months: rebel head

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Libya will hold elections in eight months and Moamer Kadhafi will be tried in the country, opposition leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said in comments published Wednesday.

"In eight months we will hold legislative and presidential elections. We want a democratic government and a just constitution," promised Abdel Jalil, chairman of the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC).

"Above all we do not wish to continue to be isolated in the world as we have been up to now," he added in comments published in the Italian La Repubblica daily.

The whereabouts of Libyan strongman Colonel Kadhafi remained unknown Wednesday as the rebels overran his Tripoli compound.

But in an interview with BBC radio, the British coordinator of the NTC, Guma Al-Gamaty, said the movement of the NTC from Benghazi to Tripoli "is happening already."

"I think the whole NTC should be in Tripoli probably by as early as Saturday," he said.

Rebel leader Jalil said the "Kadhafi era is over, even if it will only really end with his capture and his conviction for the crimes he has committed."

There were only "pockets of resistence" left in Tripoli, as well as troops in Sirte, the leader's historic stronghold.

The mass of opinion within the NTC was that Kadhafi and his cohorts should be judged "in a fair trial, but it must take place in Libya," he said.

For that to happen "we need to take them alive and treat them differently from the way the colonel treated his adversaries. He will stay in the memory only for the crimes, the arrests and the political assassinations he carried out," he added.

Jalil said the "new" Libya "must be a different country from the past, based on the principles of freedom, equality and fraternity," and will have "strong relations with other countries, based on mutual respect and cooperation."

"We will be an active member of the international community and we will respect the treaties signed in the past," he said.

© 2011 AFP

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