Tripoli: Muammar Gaddafi's son, al-Saadi, denied allegations of corruption and intimidation and called Interpol's decision to put him on the equivalent of its most-wanted list political, according to an email sent on Sunday.
   
Al-Saadi Gaddafi is under house arrest in Libyan neighbor Niger, where he fled after Tripoli fell to revolutionary forces. His father and two of his brothers are in hiding, presumably inside Libya, as fighting between revolutionary forces and Gaddafi's loyalists continues on three fronts.
   
Al-Saadi "regrets the issue of a red notice by Interpol and strenuously denies the charges made against him," an email said.
   
Interpol issued a red notice for al-Saadi last week based on accusations he misappropriated property and engaged in "armed intimidation" when he headed the Libyan Football Federation. He also was a special forces commander and is the subject of UN sanctions for commanding military units involved in repression of demonstrations.
   
The international police agency said the notice was issued in response to a request by the Libya's National Transitional Council, which has assumed leadership of the North African
nation.

Niger, which borders Libya on the south and long benefited from Gaddafi's largesse, has said it would study the question.
   
In the email, al-Saadi called the Interpol notice a "clear political decision to recognise the de jure authority of the National Transitional Council taken without appropriate regard to the current absence of a functioning, effective and fair system of justice in Libya."


(Agencies)