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Sudanese Rebels in Darfur Protect Saif al-Islam, Intibaha Says

October 25, 2011

Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Muammar Qaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam is in Sudan’s western region of Darfur under the protection of a rebel leader in the area, the pro-government newspaper al- Intibaha reported, citing unidentified officials.

Khartoum-based al-Intibaha, owned by Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir’s uncle al-Tayeb Mustafa, said Saif and other former Libyan government officials crossed the border from Chad and are being sheltered by Justice and Equality Movement leader Ibrahim Khalil in rebel-held areas.

Sudanese army spokesman al-Sawarmi Khaled called the report “mere speculation.”

“Khalil himself is not safe and is being chased by the Sudanese armed forces in Darfur and it’s very unlikely that he can offer shelter to Saif al-Islam,” Khaled said today in a telephone interview in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital.

Khalil returned to Darfur last month from the Libyan capital, Tripoli, where has been staying since May last year, JEM spokesman El-Taher el-Feki said Sept. 10 by phone from London. El-Feki didn’t answer calls today seeking comment.

--With assistance from Massoud A. Derhally in Beirut, Lebanon. Editors: Karl Maier, Ben Holland

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Khartoum at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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