Head of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) Mustafa Abdul Jalil said on Monday that Muammar Gaddafi will be given a fair trial if he is captured alive.
"But I cannot guarantee his safety," Jalil told a news conference in Benghazi, "as I do not know what kind of method he would use to defend himself."
He congratulated Libyan people for advancing in Tripoli, but he said that rebels have not controlled the entire capital.
Jalili said that new Libya will be a mild state and a responsible member of the international community, with Tripoli as the future capital.
Libyan people will be protected from political assassination, arrests and hanging, and the rebels will put down weapons as soon as peace is achieved, he stressed.
The rebel leader said that Gaddafi's dream of dividing Libya was shattered and he would only be remembered for his acts against Libya and the world.
Jalili said that the new government will work to achieve safety, security, peace and prosperity for the people.