'Gaddafi son under house arrest in Niger'
US: Fallen Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi's son Saadi, who arrived in
Niger at the weekend, is being held under house arrest at a government
residence, the US State Department said on Tuesday.
"Our understanding is, like the others, he's being detained in a
state guest house and that it is appropriate that Niger and the TNC work
through this together," spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters in
Washington, referring to the National Transitional Council, Libya's
"It's essentially a house arrest in this government facility, is our
understanding," she said. Saadi, 38, the third of Kadhafi's seven sons,
arrived in Niger, one of the west African countries that benefited the
most from Kadhafi's largesse, on Sunday in a convoy alongside other
members of the toppled regime.
Seen as something of a playboy, Saadi was hired in 2003 to play for
Italian first division football club Perugia but barely kicked a ball
when he was suspended after testing positive for nandrolone, an anabolic
He renounced his football career the following year to join the
Libyan army, where he led an elite unit. AFP