By Senior State Department Producer Elise Labott
Former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is not believed to be part of a convoy believed to be carrying former regime officials and valuables belonging to the former regime and the Libyan people, State Department officials tell CNN.
The officials said US Ambassador to Niger Bisa Williams has met with the Nigerien government to discuss reports that the convoy, believed to be carrying Libyan officials and valuables belonging to the Gadhafi family and the Libyan state, has entered Niger and is headed to the capital of Niamey.
The officials said the Nigerien government is searching vehicles in the reported convoy for arms, contraband and valuable materials belonging to either the convoy members or the Libyan state. Based on available information, ousted Libyan leader Qaddafi is not believed to be among the members of the convoy, the officials said. It was unclear whether any other members of the Gadhafi family were in the convoy.
Ambassador Williams told the Nigerians that the US expects that the Nigerien government will comply with requests from the NTC to have individuals who have sought refuge in Niger returned toLibyaupon request of the new Libyan government and to ensure that the arriving individuals will be held accountable for any acts conducted under the Gadhafi regime.