Berlusconi: Gaddafi's son not dead

Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi cast doubt tonight on Libyan reports that Muammar Gaddafi’s youngest son and three grandchildren were killed in an April 30 Nato air strike, saying coalition forces believed the claim to be “propaganda”.

Mr Berlusconi told a late-night talk show that based on intelligence services, Saif al-Arab was not in Libya, but in another country. He did not elaborate.

According to ANSA news agency, he told state-run RAI: “It doesn’t check out with the coalition. It seems like it’s propaganda, and that the youngest son of Gaddafi isn’t in Libya but lives in another country.

“Even the case of the three grandchildren seems unfounded. This is the information from our services.”

Nato has never confirmed or denied the death.

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