'Libya's Ex-justice Minister Forms Interim Government in Benghazi'

Former Libyan minister says Gadhafi 'alone' bore responsibility for crimes that occurred, Qurnya newspaper reports.

Libya's ex-justice minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud Ajleil has led the formation of an interim government based in the eastern city of Benghazi, the online edition of the Libya's Quryna newspaper reported on Saturday.

Quryna quoted him as saying that Muammar Gadhafi "alone" bore responsibility "for the crimes that have occurred" in Libya and that his tribe, Gaddadfa, were forgiven.

Libya protests in Benghazi - AP - Feb 26, 2011

"Abud Ajleil insisted on the unity of the homeland's territory, and that Libya is free and its capital is Tripoli," Quryna quoted him as saying in a telephone conversation.

Much of eastern Libya, including Benghazi, is in opposition forces' hands. Benghazi has been the center of the Libyan uprising, inspired by Egypt and Tunisia and frustrated by Gadhafi's more than 40 years of authoritarian rule.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Gadhafi's strongest European ally, said Saturday that the Libyan leader does not seem to be in control of his country anymore, and  German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Saturday that he believes Gadhafi's rule is over in Libya.

The Gadhafi government, who has been carrying out a violent crackdown on anti-Gadhafi protests, was arming civilian supporters on Saturday to set up checkpoints and roving patrols around the Libyan capital to control movement and quash dissent, residents said.

Moreover on Saturday, the UN Security Council met for the second time in two days to discuss ways to punish the Gadhafi government for the deadly crackdown against anti-government demonstrators in Libya.

During the meeting, UN Security Council envoys clashed over a proposal to refer Libya to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

It was unclear whether the call for an immediate ICC referral would be cut to get unanimous agreement on the other draft's other punitive measures.