ICC never had confirmation of Seif Gadhafi arrest

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- An International Criminal Court spokesman says the court never received official confirmation from Libya's rebel authorities that they had arrested Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi during their lightning push into Tripoli.

The court's prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo spoke to reporters in the early hours of Monday morning to report that rebels had arrested Seif al-Islam. At the time, he declined to reveal his sources.

However, Seif al-Islam appeared -- free and defiant -- early Tuesday at a Tripoli hotel housing foreign journalists. He boasted that his father's regime still has control in Tripoli and will crush the rebellion.

Court spokesman Fadi El Abdallah said rebels never officially confirmed Seif's arrest. The court's prosecutor made no comment.