The son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi "categorically denies" who planned to enter illegally in Mexico when trying to escape from his native country after the overthrow of his father, his lawyer said Friday.
Al-Saadi Gaddafi in September fled to the neighboring country of Niger whose government granted refuge.
Mexico said Wednesday that al-Saadi and three of his relatives had orchestrated a plan to sneak into the country under false names clandestinely and take refuge in a seaside resort.
Defense attorney Nick Kaufman, who has participated in various international criminal cases, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that al-Saadi fled Libya because he feared for his life and thanked the shelter that gave the government of Niger.
Kaufman denied that al-Saadi was involved in criminal activity, but noted that "it is hard to blame him flee from a country where his life was in grave danger and where no doubt would have met the same fate as brutal as his father and brother."
The elder Gaddafi and his family fled the capital Tripoli when he was about to fall in late August before the revolutionary forces in the midst of a brutal civil war.
The dictator and another son, Muatassim, were executed after being captured by the rebels on October 20 and the circumstances of both deaths received criticism from various groups of human rights defenders.
The interior minister of Mexico, Alejandro Poire, said participating in the plan to bring al-Saadi Gaddafi in the country two Mexican people, a Canadian and Danish supposedly, all of whom were arrested.
The Mexican official did not disclose the names of relatives who had intended to accompany al-Saadi Gaddafi, known for his love of professional football and his brushes with the police in Europe.
Mexican agents discovered the plan intelligence in early September, Poire said.
People had allegedly conspired jet traveled to Mexico to open bank accounts and bought properties used as safe houses in various parts of the country.
Poire said the head of the conspiracy was a Canadian named Cynthia Vanier, who was detained on November 10. According to Mexican officials this woman and three other suspects were arrested on charges of using false documents, trafficking and organized crime.
Kaufman rejected the allegations and described them as an attempt to discredit his client, who "categorically rejects any plan developed or financed any abuse to get the illegal entry into Mexico."
Libya's new government welcomed the announcement of Mexico and asked the Niger authorities to cooperate with them by providing al-Saadi and other former regime figures so that they can face a fair trial.
"I thank all countries and all parties to stop these criminals, which aims to Libyan law, and we appreciate the position of Mexico," said Libyan Foreign Minister Ben Ashour Khayil.