Moammar Gadhafi

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New Conspiracy: France Killed Gadhafi to Hide Secrets

Sarkozy allegedly wanted to keep a lid on 'campaign donations'

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorists, start your engines. In a new account of Moammar Gadhafi's death, the former Libyan dictator was tracked and killed by a French agent in order to protect France's then-President Nicolas Sarkozy, Time reports. First told by an Italian newspaper, this version of events hinges on the...

Gadhafi Loyalists Kill One of His Captors

Libyan who helped nab the dictator is shot and beaten

(Newser) - One of the young Libyan rebels credited with capturing Moammar Gadhafi nearly a year ago died yesterday after being kidnapped, beaten, and shot by the late dictator's supporters. The death of Omran Shaaban, who had been hospitalized in France, raised the prospect of even more violence and score-settling, with...

Book: Gadhafi Abducted Schoolgirls, Raped Them

Former Libyan leader turned girls into sex slaves, says author

(Newser) - We've already heard that Moammar Gadhafi liked sleeping with four or five women a day, but a new book claims that he would kidnap schoolgirls and rape them between reading his emails, the Daily Mail reports. In Prey: In Gadhafi's Harem by French reporter Annick Cojean, a girl...

Claim: CIA Waterboarded Gadhafi's 'Enemies'

And delivered them to him 'on a silver platter': Human Rights Watch

(Newser) - Human Rights Watch has uncovered evidence that waterboarding—and other severe abuse of detainees—was practiced more widely during the Bush administration than has been acknowledged, according to an investigation by the organization. The newly discovered incidents expose close cooperation between Washington and Libya's late dictator Moammar Gadhafi in...

Gadhafi's Spy Chief Sent Back to Libya

Al-Senoussi accused of having hand in Lockerbie bombing

(Newser) - The man accused of having helped orchestrate some of the worst crimes committed by Moammar Gadhafi's regime has been extradited back to Libya, according to a Mauritanian government statement. An unnamed official says Abdullah al-Senoussi, who ran Gadhafi's feared intelligence service, is bound for Tripoli. Libya, the International...

3 Car Bombs Kill 2 in Tripoli

Deadly blasts first of their kind since fall of Gadhafi

(Newser) - Three car bombs exploded in Tripoli today, killing at least two people, reports Reuters . The first bomb blew up near the interior ministry's administrative offices; when police arrived and began investigating, they found a second, unexploded bomb in the area. Shortly after, two more car bombs detonated at a...

Kidnapped Libya Olympic Chief Released

Ahmed Nabil al-Taher al-Alam was taken by gunmen a week ago in Tripoli

(Newser) - A week after being kidnapped by gunmen in Tripoli , the president of the Libyan Olympic Committee has been freed unharmed and is back home, reports Reuters . "He is fine," says a fellow Olympic official. Ahmed Nabil al-Taher al-Alam reportedly plans to leave for London "in two or...

Libyans Vote for First Time in 40 Years

Historic election comes amid violence

(Newser) - Many Libyans got to do something today for the first time in their lives: vote. The nation went to the polls to elect a parliament after last year's overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi—the first election in more than 40 years, reports al-Jazeera . It hasn't been smooth, however. Protesters...

With Gadhafi Gone, Locusts Plague Libya

Insect swarms threaten crops in neighboring countries too

(Newser) - One little drawback to Gadhafi's downfall: Locust swarms are buzzing around the Libyan desert and putting croplands at risk, Mother Nature Network reports. "The fall of Gadhafi was an enormous factor, to be honest," says the top locust forecasting officer at the Food and Agricultural Organization. "...

Sarkozy to Strike Back Over Gadhafi Pay Claim

Promises to take action by Sunday

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy says he will take action against a prominent French website that accused him of being offered $66 million from Moammar Gadhafi in 2006 to finance his first presidential run . The AP reports that Mediapart on Saturday claimed to have a Libyan document in hand that verifies the offer....

Lawyers: Gadhafi Son Beaten in Prison

Saif al-Islam in 'legal black hole,' they say

(Newser) - Lawyers for Moammar's Gadhafi's imprisoned son, Saif al-Islam, say he is being beaten in a Libyan prison, where he is held in near total isolation. Though Libyan prosecutors initially said he would only be tried for minor crimes involving a camel license and fish farming problems, he is...

Gadhafi's Hated Spy Chief Arrested Abroad

Abdullah al-Senussi stopped in Mauritania, faces extradition

(Newser) - A reviled figure in Moammar Gadhafi's former Libyan regime has been arrested, reports Reuters . Spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi got nabbed at an airport in Mauritania, and in an apparent testament to his character, there are no fewer than three places hoping to have him extradited for trial. The International...

Sarkozy Took $66M From Gadhafi: Website

Libyan leader gave cash to 2007 campaign, investigators claim

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi helped bankroll Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power, according to a French investigative website. Mediapart says it has seen documents suggesting the Libyan leader made a $66 million donation ahead of Sarkozy's election in 2007, the Telegraph reports. Gadhafi's son Saif-al Islam made similar claims a...

There Were 2 Crazy Plots to Smuggle Out Gadhafi's Son

Plans to get al-Saadi Gadhafi out of Libya were 'Indiana Jones-style'

(Newser) - The strange story of the plot to smuggle al-Saadi Gadhafi into Mexico gets stranger: Prosecutors now say they actually broke up two plots to get Moammar Gadhafi's playboy son out of Libya and into Mexico, plots that the AP calls "Indiana Jones-style." A Canadian woman, Danish man,...

Libyan Detainees Tortured to Death: Amnesty

Doctors Without Borders suspends work over 'exploitation'

(Newser) - Some of Libya's reported 8,500 detainees have died following torture, says Amnesty International, citing patients with open head, limb, and back wounds. "The torture is being carried out by officially recognized military and security entities as well as by a multitude of armed militias operating outside any...

Pro-Gadhafi Fighters Retake Libyan Town

Pro-government soldiers pinned down in Bani Walid

(Newser) - Libya's interim government is looking more fragile by the day. After protesters ransacked government offices yesterday, Gadhafi loyalists clashed with official forces today and took back the town of Bani Walid, the Guardian reports. Between 100 and 150 fighters with heavy weapons are said to have carried out the...

Gadhafi's Death May Have Been a War Crime

Head of International Criminal Court calls killing suspicious

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi's death may amount to a war crime, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said yesterday, adding that he's sent a letter to Libya's National Transitional Council urging it to investigate. "I think the way in which Mr. Gadhafi was killed creates suspicions,...

Mexico: We Busted Plot to Smuggle in Gadhafi Son

Al-Saadi planned to hit resort, now in Niger

(Newser) - Mexico says it has uncovered and dismantled an elaborate plot to smuggle al-Saadi Gadhafi into the country and set him up with a new name and identity. The evidently well-funded plotters, which included a Canadian, two Mexicans, and a Dane, flew private jets around Mexico setting up bank accounts and...

Libya Captures Gadhafi's Spy Chief

On heels of capture of Saif al-Islam Gadhafi

(Newser) - The noose continues to tighten around Moammar Gadhafi's inner circle: The Libyan strongman's spy chief has been captured alive today in the southern part of the country, according to Libya's information minister. The capture of Abdullah al-Senoussi comes on the heels of that of Gadhafi's onetime...

Saif al-Islam Gadhafi Will Be Tried in Libya, Not the Hague, NTC Says
 Libya: We'll Try Gadhafi Son 

Libya: We'll Try Gadhafi Son

NTC will not hand Saif al-Islam Gadhafi over to the Hague

(Newser) - The Libyan information minister says Moammar Gadhafi's son and one-time heir apparent will be tried at home and will not be handed over to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Mahmoud Shammam says Libya's National Transitional Council will discuss its decision with the ICC's chief prosecutor...

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