The Egyptian newspaper Alyoum Alsabaa has published the official statement of Dr. Saif al-Islam of how he was captured by the rebel militias for the first time. In it he says that he decided on October 17, 2011 to get out of Bani Walid because of the dramatic increase of NATO air strikes on the city and on his way his convoy, which consists of nine cars and 30 civilians, decided to take a rest in a valley called Wadi Zamzam. At sunset, the NATO planes started by striking his car which resulted in his fingers injury, which were later amputated, and his right side. The strike continued violently on the convoy until it was completely destroyed and 27 of his companions died. The video below shows the aftermath of the NATO strike.



Only three of his companions survived and his hand was bleeding severely. In the morning, after the strikes stopped, the people who were living close to the site hurried to the location of the aftermath of the strike where they find him and gave him first aid using primitive methods. Later, he decided to go to Sirt to seek medical help and he could not go there. After that, he decided to go Shati city to seek medical help, but he could not find proper medical advice.

Therefore, the people there advised him to go down to the south to an area called Silvador Triangle where they can bring a doctor from Niger to help him and look after his wounds. Indeed, on November 19, 2011, he decided to go to the south in a convoy of two civil cars. He was not running away to Niger. On their way, they passed al-Ramlah area in Awbary city and they found Abu Baker al-Sidik brigade where he told them who he was and told them they can kill him if they wanted, to and they replied “We won’t kill you, we’ll for you!”. He told them I am wounded and I need medical help. The replied: “Thank God that you have survived from the oppression and we will help you find medical help”, and they indeed helped him find a doctor to check his severely wounded fingers.

After this, Al-Ajami Ali al-Ateri, the leader of Abu Baker al-Sidik brigade, made a phone call to the general prosecution attorney Abdel Azeez al-Husadi and told him about that Saif was with his brigade in order to take the necessary legal procedures. In the beginning, he replied that there are no cases against him. Then later, he sent a group of officers to interrogate Saif. They started accusing him provocatively and asked him a lot of questions.
Officers: what is your job?
Saif: A shepherd.
Officers: Do you have a license?
Saif: No.
Officers: So you are working without a license.
The interrogation ended after these brief questions and legal pursuit continued for nine months relating working as a shepherd without a license.
After nine months, ICC (International Criminal Court) representatives and with them was Mr. Ahmed al-Jahani, who is Libya lawyer in ICC, came to visit him in Zintan. Mr. al-Jihani told him about the charges which he is accused of in the ICC and how he prepared these charges for the ICC. He also said that since he did not contribute directly in the fighting and he did not kill anyone, they had to try him for working as a shepherd without a license. Mr. al-Jahani then requested from him that he ask for being tried in Libya because it is better for him. He said “Be careful not to go with them. These are disbelievers and here it is Islam. We want to try you like Saddam Housin in Iraq”.
Ahmed al-Jahani, Libya ICC lawyer

He also mentioned that they later came and accused him of corruption crimes and he replied to them: “Which corruption case are you accusing me of ?” and they said: “You took two billion dollars from American companies and brought them to the Libyan state”. His answer was “What is the problem in this why do you care?” so they said to him “This is illegal”.
After this, another interrogator accused him of owning an apple farm in al-Bayda city and that he sells fish and take care of camels. He also mentioned that they asked him to plead guilty for other crimes that he does not know about and then they would forgive him so he refused to do this. Later, the same interrogator came back to him and told him that he will never come back again because he was not happy with the interrogation process and asked for forgiveness. The interrogator resigned afterwards.

Saif was very surprised about the way of interrogation and said “I am shocked about this way of interrogation which never happened before that you ask the suspect to testify against himself and after this you tell him that you would forgive him. I think they looked for money, but they could not find that I have any money so they gave up and they went back to criminal accusations, and this is what Mr. al-Jihani admitted himself when he said that the general prosecution attorney has closed the criminal investigation to open the financial investigation and when he failed he went back to the criminal investigation”

Saif al-Islam also mentioned that when the general prosecution attorney came to me said that my trial would be done in one month because they do not have any evidence against me and admitted to me that he was threatened that he would be killed by a specific tribe in eastern Libya. After this another person came and said he had twenty charges against Saif and that he will not be able to get away with them.
One of these charges is that Saif was accused of mass killings, theft of household equipment and theft of goats for an old lady in Bani Walid! A witness was brought to testify against him and he said he saw Saif killing people in the month of Ramadan. Here are his answers to the officer's questions:
Officer: When did Saif kill those people?
Witness: In the beginning of Ramadan in Bab al-Azizia and their bodies were thrown in the street.
Officer: Where were the bodies exactly?
Witness: The bodies were thrown in the street so I was scared and I ran away.
However, the officer dismissed the witness as he previously said that the bodies were thrown in the sea. Then, they accused him of killing people on Jiliana bridge in Benghazi during the uprising. When they brought al-Hadi Embirish as a witness, he said Mr. Saif asked us not to get involved in the fighting and he was very careful that no one is killed, but after the NATO started the air campaign in Libya he asked us to join the fighting fronts.
Saif al-Islam also added that the interrogation officer said to him “The truth is now clear … I am not convinced by this but these people want to execute you ”. He also told Saif that he will not write what had been said and that the charges that he is being accused of are too many. Later, he brought a piece of paper with a signature imputed to me and it approved the killing of 500 people. The signature imputed to me was just “99.4 al-Fateh forever”.

Saif also mentioned that the general prosecution delegates continued to visit him for a long time and every time they ask him to plead guilty for a different crime. One time, they accused him of killing illegal migrants. They said that the general people authority wrote to me regarding this and I did not reply to them and so they considered me responsible for this.

He added that a young interrogation officer from Misrata accused him of blowing up a car in front of Tibisti Hotel in Benghazi. The officer also accused him of drowning a boat for illegal migrants on its way to the Italian island of Lampedusa. Moreover, he accused him of killing demonstrators during the uprising. Saif said to him “I am Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, I stood defiantly against you and I believe in my views and I am not regretful for this. I am requesting you to make the truth clear to the people. Consider that I have pleaded guilty for all these silly crimes. I know my freedom means that your lives will be in danger”.