“The loyalists of Gaddafi took control of the entire city of Bani Walid,” said M’barek al-Fotmani, a former member of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) in the desert oasis, 170 kilometres south of Tripoli.
The assault on the base of ex-rebels was the first major offensive launched by Gaddafi loyalists since the “liberation” of Libya on October 23, shortly after the fall of Bani Walid. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
The Department of Justice filed a notice that prevents Mr. Gaddafi, who is the subject of an assets freeze imposed by the United Nations Security Council, from selling the downtown luxury condo.
The government took action after the National Post revealed that Mr. Gaddafi was the registered owner of the suite, which has a view of Lake Ontario and access to a pool, bowling alley and squash, basketball and tennis courts.
Mr. Gaddafi, 38, is wanted on an Interpol warrant issued in September. The Security Council froze his assets in March, describing him as a commander of “military units involved in the repression of demonstrations.” (Photo: Left: Tim Wimborne/Reuters; Right: Tyler Anderson/National Post)
In 1996, more than 1,270 political prisoners were killed at the Tripoli detention centre, shot to death by the henchmen of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
Their families knew nothing about their fate until 2001, when the government acknowledged at least some of what’s now considered one of the most horrific crimes against humanity under the Gaddafi regime.
Fathi Terbil, 39, a human rights lawyer in Benghazi, became leader of a legal team representing the slain prisoners’ families. Protests were planned for mid-February in the eastern Libya city and Mr. Terbil was preparing to begin a court case examining the Abu Salim massacre. He planned to demand compensation — and answers — for the families.
He was deemed a brave soul for agreeing to do so. On Feb. 15, he was arrested by government officials.
Then something extraordinary happened, protesters say.
Mr. Terbil’s mother ran out into the street and made the first call to action. “Wake up, wake up oh Benghazi,” she shouted. “This is the night that we’ve been waiting for.” (Photo: Suhaib Salem/Reuters)
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.”
New on the market: ‘Casa Kadafi’ Saadi Gaddafi, playboy son of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, was supposed to live in exile on a beachfront property with views of yachts and fishing boats in the Bahia de Banderas and the lights of Puerto Vallarta twinkling in the distance.
The Guadalajara newspaper Mural ran a front-page story last week, saying Gaddafi’s third son and his family were to reside in a three-bedroom, three-bathroom home on a 10-metre-by-40-metre lot with a swimming pool, barbecue pit and access to a dark sand beach littered with beat-up fishing boats.
The property, which the National Post visited and accessed via an unlocked back gate, is listed for sale and was full of leopard-print furnishings still under plastic wrap. Located on a rutted road and fronting a vacant lot overgrown with weeds, the property is known locally as “Casa Estrella,” or the “Star House.” But given the recent spate of unexpected attention, someone instead posted a sheet of paper below the address numbers christening the house “Casa Kadafi.” (Photo: David Agren for National Post)
Although the United Nations had frozen Saadi Gaddafi’s assets and banned him from crossing borders because of his close ties to the Libyan dictatorship, a multi-million-dollar refuge awaited him in Punta Mita, a posh development near Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
South African chicken chain pulls ad poking fun at Mugabe A cheeky chicken advert poking fun at Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as “the last dictator standing” who misses the company of deceased autocrats was pulled Thursday from South African television, though, as you can see above, it still has the ad hosted on its YouTube channel.
The advert which upset Mugabe supporters shows a cheerless look-a-like pausing to reminisce about happier times with the likes of former Ugandan president Idi Amin and Muammar Gaddafi, after placing the dead Libyan’s name card on an empty banquet table.
“We’ve noted with concern the political reaction emanating out of Zimbabwe, including perceived threats against Nando’s Zimbabwe’s management, staff and customers,” said Nando’s South Africa.
“Nando’s South Africa takes these threats very seriously and will regrettably no longer flight the TV commercial as part of our festive season campaign.”
The commercial for its six-piece chicken combo depicts Mr. Mugabe reminiscing about his times with departed dictators to the song Those Were the Days.
He is shown having a water-gun fight with Muammar Gaddafi, making sand angels with Saddam Hussein and riding in a tank with Idi Amin, before awakening from his dream to find himself at a dinner table, alone at Christmas, The Associated Press reported.
But some said on Friday that Libya would have been better off if its former leader had been given a fair trial for abuses committed during his 42-year rule, which ended when rebels captured the capital Tripoli in August.
“The world now has one less dictator,” said Ziad Khalil, a Beirut shopkeeper, a day after Gaddafi’s death. “This is the end he deserves.”
Muammar Gaddafi reportedly captured as Libyan forces seize Sirte An image captured off a cellular phone camera shows the arrest of Libya’s strongman Muammar Gaddafi in Sirte on October 20, 2011. A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) commander had told AFP that Kadhafi was captured as his hometown Sirte was falling, adding that the ousted strongman was badly wounded. (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)