Bounty on Gadhafi's Head: $1.7M

Libyan rebels want to end this thing...
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2011 12:28 PM CDT
Bounty on Gadhafi's Head: $1.7M
In this Feb. 25, 2011 file image made from Libya State Television, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi speaks to followers.   (AP Photo/Libya State, File)

(Newser) – It sounds like quite the deal: Kill or capture Moammar Gadhafi, and you'll be pardoned for any crimes you may have committed ... and walk away with $1.7 million. That's the offer from Libya's National Transitional Council, which hopes the fairly sweet package will compel someone close to Gadhafi to give him up, thereby speeding up this endgame. The payday was raised by businessmen, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

NTC leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil also made an offer to Gadhafi: Give up power, and we'll grant safe passage to any country that will take you—including one that's not a member of the International Criminal Court, which currently has a warrant out for his arrest. "Sometimes the lesser evil prevents the larger evil," explained Jalil. (Read more Libya stories.)

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