Gaddafi foreign minister arrested

Abdelati Obeidi was arrested on Tuesday from his farm near Tripoli.

    Abdelati Obeidi speaks exclusively to Al Jazeera's James Bays in the Libyan capital, Tripoli

    Toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's foreign minister, Abdelati Obeidi, has been arrested.

    He was said to have been taken into custody at his farm in Janzour, a suburb west of Tripoli, on Tuesday.

    Al Jazeera's James Bays met Obeidi and confirmed the arrest.

    Bays said: "I can confirm that is true because a short time ago I was with some senior members of the military command and they said, 'Would you like to see someone important we've captured?'

    "I was ushered into a room. We were only allowed to go in there for two minutes. Inside the room was Mr. Abdelati Obeidi."

    Abdallah al-Hijazi, a close associate of Gaddafi, was also arrested in Tripoli, National Transitional Council (NTC) sources told Reuters news agency.

    Gaddafi's entourage has been hit by numerous high-profile defections, arrests and killings since the uprising that has ended his 42-year rule of the country.

    The NTC said on Monday it believed its fighters had killed Gaddafi's son Khamis and his intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi in clashes. Gaddafi's wife and three of his children fled to Algeria on Monday, Algeria's government said.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and Agencies


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