- Saadi Gadhafi's attorney calls the Red Notice a "political decision"
- Saadi Gadhafi is accused of misappropriating properties and armed intimidation
Saadi Gadhafi, son of Libya's deposed leader Moammar Gadhafi, denied accusations Sunday in an Interpol warrant for his arrest.
"Saadi Gadhafi regrets the issue of a Red Notice by Interpol and strenuously denies the charges made against him," said his attorney, Nick Kaufman. "The Red Notice is a clear political decision to recognize the de jure authority of the National Transitional Council taken without appropriate regard to the current absence of a functioning, effective and fair system of justice in Libya."
Interpol announced the move last week, saying "Libyan authorities requested an internationally wanted persons notice against the son of ousted Libyan leader Col. Gaddafi for allegedly misappropriating properties through force and armed intimidation when he headed the Libyan Football Federation."
"As the commander of military units allegedly involved in the repression of demonstrations by civilians during Libya's uprising, Saadi Gadhafi is also subject to a United Nations travel ban and assets freeze issued in March this year," Interpol noted.
Kaufman said Saadi Gadhafi "worked tirelessly to promote football in Libya. priding himself on the fact that Libya was formerly selected to host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Saadi Gaddafi continues to call on all sides to seek a negotiated and peaceful resolution to the present conflict."
Moammar Gadhafi is wanted by the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands on charges of crimes against humanity perpetrated since the Libyan uprising erupted in February.
Saif al-Islam -- another of the former strongman's sons -- and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi are also wanted by the court. Interpol issued red notices for all of them last month.