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Al-Akhbar implicates UAE in sudden release of Sayf al-Islam Gaddafi

An interesting angle from the “anti-UAE” Al-Akhbar one might say. Translated in part below. For a free trial of our service, email


On June 12, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report by Mahmoud Mroueh: “Suddenly, the “Gaddafi’s” are back to the limelight at the level of the Libyan scene. Before the announcement on the release of Sayf al-Islam Gaddafi, two days ago, the Gaddafi’s were said to be represented by Khalifa Haftar who controls the east of the country and Gen. Ali Kana, the man with the authority over the south in addition to other individuals who left the country and are mainly living between Egypt, Algeria and even the Sultanate of Oman (part of the family)…

“Just like that, Sayf al-Islam has been released knowing that the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against him in 2011 and that he was sentenced to death in 2015 by a court in Tripoli… No one knows anything about the “deal” that led to the release of the man who called for “Libya’s modernization” prior to 2011 and the man who had obtained a degree from one of London’s finest universities, the London School of Economics (the degree was taken away from him subsequently). No one knows where he went since Friday, i.e. one day prior to the announcement of his release made by a military faction called the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion at the city of Zintan (170 kilometers to the northwest of Tripoli)…

“An Arab diplomatic source who is very close to the Libyan file said…that “since less than a year, we’ve been reading stories every now and then about the release of Sayf al-Islam” which is of course true. These stories started to emerge last summer… A weekly magazine, Watan, “published in the USA” and concerned with the Libyan affairs, carried a piece of news that read: “A meeting was held between the director of the former PM’s office, Noureddine Boushiha, and the commander of the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion, Al-Ajami al-Eteiri, on May 22, 2016 with the objective of looking into the realease of Sayf al-Islam.” Boushiha was introduced as being “the UAE’s man and the consultant of Mohammad Bin Zayed on the Libyan affairs. He works directly with his consultant, the sacked Fatah official, Mohammad Dahlan.” A photo of the two men was also published to “confirm the meeting.” The magazine (which is seemingly close to Qatar) indicated that “the UAE offered millions of dollars, something that resembles a bribe, while trying to seek Sayf al-Islam.”…” [CONTINUED]

Written by nickbiddlenoe

June 12, 2017 at 8:34 pm

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