September 11, 2011 / 4:25 PM / 8 years ago

Exclusive: Gaddafi spy chief Dorda arrested

Bouzaid Dorda, head of Muammar Gaddafi's external security organisation Foreign Intellegence Agency, talks to journalists after he was captured by anti-Gaddafi forces in Tripoli September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Ismail Zetouny

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Bouzaid Dorda, the head of Muammar Gaddafi’s external security organization, has been arrested by anti-Gaddafi fighters, Reuters witnesses said on Sunday.

Dorda, Gaddafi’s foreign intelligence service chief, will be handed over to Libya’s interim governing council later on Sunday, an anti-Gaddafi fighter said.

A team of Reuters journalists visited a house in the capital’s Zenata district where Dorda, a former prime minister, was held by members of a unit of anti-Gaddafi fighters who call themselves Brigades of the Martyr Abdelati Ghaddour.

Dorda was kept in the downstairs living room of a private house, which was guarded by about 20 fighters clad in battle fatigues and armed with assault rifles.

He has been subject to a travel ban under a United Nations sanctions resolution passed in February.

Dorda is one of several former government officials rounded up since Tripoli fell to anti-Gaddafi forces last month. Gaddafi’s foreign minister, Abdelati Obeidi, was arrested on August 31 in a suburb west of Tripoli.

(Reporting by William Maclean; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton)

This story removes the reference to Dorda taking post in May

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