Gaddafi's son says reports of violence 'just a big joke'
The Libyan leader's son Saif al-Islam has said that the reports of casualties and mercenaries in Libya are "just a big joke" while restating his claim that Al Qaeda are behind the anti-government protests in the country.
TelegraphPlayer-834934612:29PM GMT 26 Feb 2011
Speaking at a news conference at the Rixos al Nasr Hotel in Tripoli, Saif al-Islam tried to play down the extent of fighting with rebels who have seized much of the country.
"Soon you will discover that what you have heard in Libya was just a big joke. A very big joke. Here in Libya we were laughing about those reports about hundreds and thousands of casualties, bombing Tripoli and Benghazi and Zawiya or whatever, about mercenaries," he said.
He went on to claim blame al-Qaida chief for the chaos in Libya.
"If we are talking about al-Qaida, it's not a secret. Al-Qaida issued a statement yesterday supporting those groups in Libya and they said 'this is part of our global war against...' I don't know. So, go to the internet, and search there, and you will see the statement, official statement from al-Qaida issued yesterday, supporting those terrorist people."