Niger gives Gadhafi's son permission to leave

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A lawyer representing one of the sons of toppled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi confirmed that Niger has given al-Saadi Gadhafi permission to leave the country.

Lawyer Nick Kaufman told The Associated Press by telephone that he had received a letter from Niger's foreign affairs minister saying he had no objection to letting al-Saadi Gadhafi leave, so long as another nation is willing to receive him. "He's been given permission to leave by the foreign minister — that is correct," said Kaufman.

Al-Saadi fled to Niger last year as his father's regime crumbled. He has been held under what Kaufman described as "virtual house arrest" since then.

The younger Gadhafi is still the subject of a United Nations travel ban. He is not wanted by the International Criminal Court.