Saif al-Islam Gaddafi: Libya's mistake was refusal to establish modern army
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 1 /Trend, A.Tagiyeva/
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said in an interview with RT Arabic - "Rusia al-Yaum" that the mistake of the Libyan government was that they ignored establishing a powerful and modern army.
"We did not expect a new war and considered unnecessary to purchase new military equipment and establish a powerful army," he said.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said that West is a dangerous partner, the only thing that is of interest for it is self-interest, so all countries should beware and not trust Western countries.
According to Gaddafi, the number of deaths during the demonstrations is exaggerated by Western authorities, while the exact number is not more than 159 people who died in an attack on military camp.
Answering the question whether he or his father gave an order to fire on the rebels, Gaddafi replied categorically "no".
"I and my father called several times to General Abdul-Fattah, who now joined the rebels, with orders not to fire on demonstrators, to which he replied that they had to do it, since the rebels attacked at the military facilities," he said.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi also said that under the pretext of bombing military facilities in Libya, NATO actually killed civilians.
"NATO forces bomb the houses of civilians every day. During one of these bombings, my brother was killed. He had no relation to war, and it proves that the West wants to destroy my father and our family," he added.
Gaddafi said that Libyan government agreed on talks and pre-term elections. If Gaddafi loses the election, he and his family will not claim for anything and will leave the country. But the rebels do not agree with this decision, which complicates the way out of this situation, he said.
"The rebels chose to fight. We are not afraid of war and will continue to fight until victory," said Gaddafi.