Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, a spokesman for the National Transitional Council said the detention of former Libyan Prime Minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi was of great importance towards efforts to suppress the Qaddafi regime on Thursday because he is a symbol of the old regime.
He said,"The news regarding the arrest of Al Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, the former prime minister of Qaddafi's regime is very good news, considering the fact that he is a symbol of the former regime. He is wanted in Libya for crimes not only during the revolution months but also before the revolution broke out. Of course it is really important news for revolution and for the effort to suppress Gaddafi."
Ghoga extended his warm greetings to the Tunisian authorities, after a Tunisian court on Thursday found Mahmoudi guilty on charges of illegally entering the country on Wednesday evening.
In the highest profile detention of a Qaddafi associate to date, the Tunisian court sentenced Mahmoudi to six months in jail. The justice minister in Libya's new government said Tripoli would request that the former prime minister be extradited to stand trial in Libya.
Meanwhile, Ahmed Bani a military spokesman for Libya's interim rulers told reporters on Thursday that they controlled 90 percent of the southern part of the country despite facing continued struggles in Muammar Qaddafi's last strongholds.
Qaddafi loyalists have been holding out in Jufra and Sabha along with the bigger strongholds of Bani Walid, southeast of Tripoli, and Qaddafi's hometown of Sirte, since the fall of the capital in August.
Poorly-organized fighters with the National Transitional Council were still struggling to make inroads in Bani Walid, and commanders were trying to stop chaotic weapons handling that has already killed several fighters in "friendly fire" incidents.
In the eastern city of Benghazi, an NTC spokesman warned that a humanitarian crisis was unfolding in the south.
NTC Spokeman, Abdel Hafiz Ghoga
Voice: Abdullah Madani