Former Gadhafi spokesman denies capture in Libya
Moussa Ibrahim speaks at a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, in 2011.
October 20th, 2012
07:42 PM ET

Former Gadhafi spokesman denies capture in Libya

The former spokesman for late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi denied a report Saturday that he was captured by Libyan special forces, saying in an audio message that he is not even in the country.

Moussa Ibrahim said the report was simply an attempt to distract people from the government's alleged crimes in the city of Bani Walid, a former Gadhafi stronghold that has been the scene of clashes in recent days.

Mohammed al-Sabbee, the spokesman for Libya's prime minister, told CNN on Saturday that Ibrahim was captured in the town of Tarhouna and that he was being taken to the capital of Tripoli, 40 miles to the north.

Two sources close to Ibrahim told CNN in recent months that the former Gadhafi spokesman was not in Libya, and Ibrahim said the same in the seven-minute video posted to his Facebook page late Saturday.

"We are currently outside of Libya and we have no communication with Bani Walid," Ibrahim said in Arabic. "We are not even close to Bani Walid."

It is the second time this month that Ibrahim has denied a government report of his capture.

Official sources also said Saturday that one of Gadhafi's sons, Khamis Gadhafi, was killed after fighting in Bani Walid.

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  1. Portland tony

    Even the damned Libyans don't have a friggin' clue of what's happening in Libya!

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