Mexico prevented the entry of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi to the country, authorities said on Wednesday.
Several people were arrested over a plan for Saadi Gaddafi and his family to enter Mexico after intelligence authorities got a tip on Sept. 6, a government spokeswoman said. However it was not clear when the arrests were made.
Spokeswoman Alejandra Sota told a news conference of the capture and dispersal of a criminal network related to the alleged use of a forged document, people trafficking and organized crime.
Saadi Gaddafi fled south across the Sahara to Niger as his father's 42-year rule crumbled in August. Niger has said he would remain in the West African nation until a United Nations travel ban is lifted.
Like many senior members of the Gaddafi regime, Saadi, a businessman and former professional soccer player, was banned from travelling and had his assets frozen by a UN Security Council resolution when violence erupted earlier this year.
Interpol has issued a red notice requesting member states to arrest Saadi with a view to extradition if they find him in their territory.