A report says Algeria’s Foreign Affairs Ministry allowed the family to entered the country on Monday. Colonel Gaddafi’s wife Safia, daughter Ayesha and sons Muhammad and Hannibal had crossed into Algeria early on Monday.
The report came as battles raged on two sides of Sirte, the southern city that is the headquarters of Gaddafi’s tribe and his regime’s last major bastion. The rebels were consolidating control of Tripoli, the capital.
Despite effectively ending his rule, the rebels have yet to find Gaddafi or his family members something that has cast a pall of lingering uncertainty over the opposition’s victory.
Ahmed Jibril, an aide to rebel National Transitional Council head Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, said if the report of Gaddafi relatives in Algeria is true, “we will demand that Algerian authorities hand them over to Libya to be tried before Libyan courts.”
Ahmed Bani, military spokesman of the council, said he was not surprised to hear Algeria had welcomed Gaddafi relatives. Throughout the six-month Libyan uprising, rebels have accused Algeria of providing Gaddafi with mercenaries to curb the revolution.