) -- Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's wife and three children fled to Algeria on Monday as the dictator's grip on power continued to slip.

The Algerian Foreign Ministry said that Gaddafi's wife Safia, sons Hannibal and Mohammed, and daughter Aisha crossed the border and that the country had informed United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

An aide to Libyan rebel head Mustafa Abdul-Jalil said the National Transitional Council would "demand that Algerian authorities hand them over to Libya to be tried before Libyan courts, according to

The Associated Press


Gaddafi's family have been active participants in Libya's matters. Hannibal was in charge of the Maritime transport company, Aisha helped defend former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein before he was convicted and hanged, and Mohammed was head of the national Olympic committee, the


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Gaddafi's control continued to weaken a week after rebels stormed Tripoli and bombarded his compound on Aug. 22.

"The dramatic scenes we are witnessing in Tripoli, Libya, are a testament to the courage and determination of the Libyan people to seek a free and democratic future," Secretary Ban said on Aug. 22.

"Although it's clear that Gaddafi's rule is over, he still has the opportunity to reduce further bloodshed by explicitly relinquishing power to the people of Libya and calling for those forces that continue to fight to lay down their arms for the sake of Libya," President Barack Obama said on Aug. 22.

Gaddafi remained hidden from rebels and NATO forces on Monday and the leader

had not re-emerged since Wednesday when a Libyan television channel broadcast his comments that pro-government forces would not surrender until they achieved victory or were killed.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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