Wife, Safia, daughter Aisha and sons Mohammed and Hannibal were granted entry to Algeria on Monday morning. Aisha reportedly gave birth to a baby girl a day after entering Algeria.
The rebels say that Algeria’s actions are “an act of aggression” and that they would be forced to deal with the issue militarily if Algeria did not extradite the four Gaddafys.
Spokesperson for the Libyan rebels, Mustafa Abdel Jalil gave a deadline for Saturday to Algeria.
“By Saturday, if there are no peaceful indications for implementing this, we will decide this matter militarily. We do not wish to do so but we cannot wait longer,” he said.
Algeria do not yet recognise the newly formed rebel council, the National Transitional Council (NTC) as a legitimate group. It cited humitarian reasons for allowing the family members to enter and said that they would not extradite them as they did not appear on the International Criminal Court’s wanted list.
The NTC says it wants any of Gaddafy’s sons who have entered Algeria, who do appear on the list, turned over to them.
Another spokesperson for the Libyan rebels, Mahmoud Shamman, told the Reuters news organisation that no country should harbour Gaddafy family members. Instead, he said, they would be given a fair trial and dealt with legally in Libya.
“We have promised to provide a just trial to all those criminals and therefore we consider this an act of aggression. We are warning anybody not to shelter Gaddafi and his sons. We are going after them to find them and arrest them,” he said.
“We have heard that Algeria will harbour them till they go to another country. They are trying to go to another country, possibly an east European country.”
Colonel Muammar Gaddafy’s whereabouts are still unknown.