Saif al-Islam Captured: What Happened to All of Gaddafi's children?
As Libyan's celebrate Saif al-Islam's Friday capture, it brings to mind the question of what happened to all of Gaddafi's children
Muammar Gaddafi had eight offspring with varied lives of military leadership, soccer stardom and partying before his country crumbled into war earlier this year, leaving the infamous Libyan leader and three of his children dead.
Saif al-Islam, who was once viewed as the heir to his father's regime, had been on the run for months when he was finally arrested by fighters for Libya's transitional government Saturday in the country's desert, according to Reuters. Saif al-Islam was well educated, having studied at the London School of Economics and having a solid command of the English language.
Once seen as a possible reformer, he began to step up his rhetoric as protesters swept across Libya, threatening that if the protests continued, instead of mourning 84 (people killed), we will be mourning hundreds of thousands. If he is handed over to international authorities, he may face war crimes charges in the International Criminal Court.
Three of Gaddafi's sons -- Mo'tassim, Khamis and Saif al-Arab -- all seem to be dead, according to Reuters. Mo'Tassim served for a period as Libya's national security adviser, but when he was captured last month in Libya, his body was displayed naked above the waist for Misrata residents to be photographed and oogled.
Serving as commander of Libya's 32nd Brigade, Khamis was one of the leaders of his father's campaign to crush the uprising against his oppressive government, and he was killed August 29 duringfighting near Tripoli.
Saif-al Arab was known as a party animal, studing in Germany and getting into a fight with a bouncer in a Munich nightclub after a woman he was with started stripping in the club, Reuters said. He was first wounded as a four-year-old during an air strike aimed at his father and ordered by President Ronald Reagan, but was ultimately killed earlier this year during a NATO bombing raid in Tripoli.
Gaddafi son Saadi had a famous as a professional soccer player in Italy and on the Libyan national team, though he was never more than a middling talent. He has been in Niger since fleeing there in September, according to Reuters, and the Nigerian government has suggested that he may not be extradited unless certain conditions are met.
The Algerian government has announced that it is giving refuge to Gaddafi's wife and his sons Hannibal and Mohammed and daughtr Aisha.
Aisha was known as a glamorous woman, appreciating the finer things. She became a lawyer and at one point spoke out in defense of her father after fighting began to rage in Libya. She was also known as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations before the fighting broke out in February, Reuters said.
Mohammed, Gadaffi's first-born son, led Lybia's Olympic Committee and was at the head of the country's telephone network.
Hannibal is a waterman, having earned a degree in maritime navigation from the Marine Academy of Maritime Studies in Libya.