Moussa Ibrahim, who served as the last spokesman for deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been arrested in a town southwest of the capital Tripoli, according to the prime minister's office.
Mustafa Abu Shagur, Libya's deputy prime minister, confirmed the news on Saturday on microblogging site Twitter with the following post: "Criminal Moussa Ibrahim was arrested and he is now on his way to Tripoli."
A brief statement sent to journalists after rumours that Ibrahim had been detained spread on social networking sites said: "Moussa Ibrahim was arrested at a checkpoint in the town of Tarhuna.
"[He] is being taken to Tripoli where he will be handed over to the pertinent authorities to begin questioning."
Rumours of Ibrahim's arrest and that of other personalities of the former regime said to be fleeing from the besieged town of Bani Walid had swirled since the morning but officials were unable to provide immediate confirmation.
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