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Kadafi wife, three children flee to Algeria

August 29, 2011 |  1:26 pm

Hannibal The Algerian foreign minister said Moammar Kadafi's wife and three of his children escaped to Algeria early Monday, according to Sky News.

The rebels' government, the Transitional National Council, which is in the process of forming an administration to run the country, has called sheltering Kadafi's family members an "act of aggression."

"We are warning anybody not to shelter Kadafi and his sons. We are going after them in any place to find them and arrest them," said Mahmoud Shamman, an NTC spokesman.

Officials with the NTC said they would seek the extradition of Kadafi's wife Safiya, daughter Aisha and sons Mohammed and Hannibal.

At the British Foreign Office, staff told Sky News they were aware of the situation, which they said was "a matter for the NTC."

Hannibal Kadafi, 35, earned his MBA from Copenhagen Business School and worked as a consultant to the management committee of Libya's General National Maritime Transport Co.

In 2008, Swiss authorities arrested Hannibal Kadafi and wife Aline Skaf after an incident involving two staff at the hotel where they were staying in Geneva. The charges were later dropped, but the incident soured relations between Libya and Switzerland.

The couple’s Ethiopian nanny told CNN she was systematically abused and tortured by Skaf, who she said poured boiling water over her after she refused to beat the couple’s crying daughter.


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Photo: Hannibal Kadafi, a son of deposed Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, in March 2010.  Credit: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images