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Updated on August 30, 2011

Heart warming reports.

The reports coming out of Libya are heart warming, as members of the Moammar Gadhafi's family are seeking refuge in neighboring Algeria.

Probably, they want political asylum, and that will not be permissible, since some of them will be corespondents of the charges for the crimes the head of the Gadhafi household is alleged to have committed.

Aside from the criminal charges by the National Transitional Council, Libya's new authoritative organ, he will be charged with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. Therefore, any member of his family, who happens to be directly connected to his regime will also come under the jurisdiction of the ICC.

The departure of the Gadhafi family members was reported by Algerian diplomats to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon on Monday; saying that Gadhafi's wife, Safia, his daughter, Aisha, and Gadhafi's sons, Hannibal and Mohamed and their children have been taken in on "humanitarian grounds".

"We made sure the International community has been informed," said Algerian ambassador to the U.N., yesterday.

The Algerian government is liable to look at all the family members, who are in Algeria, to determine, case by case, to see who qualifies for safety and protection in that country.

At least, the women and children will be given the privilege to disassociate themselves from the deeds of the Gadhafi regime. How the Algerian government does so will be up to itself.

The whereabouts of Gadhafi himself is still unknown; but nobody can tell whether he is in Libya or has fled to Chad, another neighboring country, which is on good terms with the dictator.

However, wherever he might be, his time is up. His capture is imminent and there is nothing he can do about that.

What he can do, however, is to order his supporters to lay down their arms. He must command his security forces to declare a cease fire and to surrender to the NTC, for the bloodshed to stop.

Yet, best of all, he must give himself up. He is an international criminal and he cannot remain a fugitive forever. He will be sought and found wherever he goes. Therefore, in order to bring an immediate peace, however minimal or short that may be, to come Libya, he must relinquish power to the rebels, who are now in the process of forming a new government to run his country.

If he does that, he will be at peace with himself, at least, for the time being.


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