The luxury condo atop the Harbor View Estates building on the Toronto waterfront comes with a view of Lake Ontario and access to a 25-metre swimming pool, squash, basketball and tennis courts and a bowling alley.
Although the United Nations Security Council ordered countries to freeze the Gaddafis’ worldwide assets in response to Libya’s crackdown on demonstrators, Ontario property records still list the condo’s owner as “Saadi Kaddafi.”
“He’s captured. He’s wounded in both legs … He’s been taken away by ambulance,” the senior NTC military official told Reuters by telephone.
The U.S. State Department says it cannot confirm the capture, though a Libyan government fighter in Sirte tells Reuters he was an eyewitness.
Libyan interim government fighters captured Muammar Gaddafi’s home town on Thursday, extinguishing the last significant resistance by forces loyal to the deposed leader and ending a two-month siege. (Photo: Louafi Larbi/Reuters)
His defiant comments to a Syrian TV station came as the forces of Libya’s new government tightened a siege on the tribal bastion of Bani Walid, where some suspect the ousted strongman and two of his sons may be sheltering. In exchanges of fire, Gaddafi loyalists in the town launched Grad rockets.
“Our resolute Libyan people, the Libyan land is your own. Those who try to take it from you now, they are intruders, they are mercenaries, they are stray dogs. They are trying to seize our ancestral land from you but this is impossible.
“We will not leave our ancestral land,” Gaddafi said.
Graphic: Weapons missing in Libya It is possible international terrorist groups are arming themselves with highly accurate and sophisticated heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles abandoned by Libyan troops when deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi fled Tripoli two weeks ago.
Researchers with Human Rights Watch have discovered weapons storage sites in Libya where dozens — and possibly thousands — of surface-to-air missiles appear to be missing.
Everything, from shoulder-fired Russian anti-aircraft missiles to poison gas to massive stockpiles of conventional weaponry, remain unguarded in overflowing armaments dumps all over Libya.
“If these weapons fall into the wrong hands, all of North Africa could be a no-fly zone,” said Peter Bouckaert, the emergencies director at Human Rights Watch.
Libyans pledge democracy as they win Gaddafi billions Libya’s new leadership reaffirmed their commitment to democracy and good governance on Friday as they worked on how to spend billions of dollars they have been given from the frozen assets of fugitive strongman Muammar Gaddafi.
A day after international powers met in Paris and agreed to hand over US$15-billion to the rebels who overthrew Col. Gaddafi last week, the European Union, a key trading partner, rescinded a range of sanctions and officials from the National Transitional Council told financiers about their initial rebuilding plans. (Photo: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images)
The $1.7-million question: Where’s Gaddafi? NATO is understood to be using spy planes, electronic eavesdropping, and special forces teams in the hunt for Col. Muammar Gaddafi. But the hunt’s most important asset could be the prevailing political climate, because information about Col. Gaddafi’s location would be easier to obtain if his close aides prepared to defect. A US$1.7-million bounty on his head, as well as amnesty for anyone turning in the despot, could turn the tide against the colonel. (Al-Manara Media/AFP/Getty Images)
Libya rebels seize Gaddafi compound Triumphant rebels seized Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli on Tuesday after a fierce battle with a loyalist rearguard but there was no word on the fate of the Libyan leader who vowed again to fight “to the end.”
Reuters journalists watched rebel fighters stream through the sprawling Bab al-Aziziya headquarters compound, firing in the air in celebration after hours of heavy clashes. But it was unclear whether the “Brother Leader” or his sons were still somewhere in the complex’s maze of buildings and bunkers.
Defensive fire died away and hundreds of jubilant rebels poured in. Some smashed a statue of Gaddafi. Others hunted through dozens of buildings, unchallenged, seizing weaponry and vehicles. The rebels’ envoy to the United Nations said the area was “totally in the hands of the revolutionaries.”
One man shouted: “It’s over. Gaddafi is finished.”
Photo: Libyan rebel fighters celebrate after their entering the Bab al Aziziya compound in Tripoli August 23, 2011. (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)