Letters revealing the lavish life of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi before the revolution

The Guardian published a report prepared by Paul Garona Galizia and Juliette Garside, in which they unveiled the newspapers of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi when he was a rising star in his father’s regime and prepared himself for his follow-up.

The newspaper obtained the documents along with “Tortoise Media” and it gives a picture of Saif al-Islam’s life at an important moment in Libya’s relations with Britain.

At the time, he was negotiating on behalf of his father’s regime for the Lockerbie settlement, and he was selected by the World Economic Forum as the “Young Global Leader”, and he earned a Ph.D. attended the available times at the London School of Economics.

It was a beautiful time for the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi before the outbreak of the civil war and the revolutionaries killed his father in a horrible way, and the Zintan revolutionaries arrested him for disappearing from the public eye.

After a decade, he went out in Zintan in the traditional cloak to announce his candidacy for the presidential election, which was delayed by differences between the Libyan factions and led to a spate of protests this month.

The United Nations is insisting on another election date. And when the race for the presidency begins, many Libyans may vote for Saif al-Islam.

Perhaps the motive for this was to get rid of the scars of the war that left their wounds on them and left them longing for a period of stability, and for Saif al-Islam in an interview with a journalist in November , she must “enter slowly” like a “strip dancer”. However, there are many obstacles to his candidacy, as he is being sought by the International Criminal Court on charges of committing crimes against humanity, in a way that raises questions about his suitability for the presidency. He is accused of being responsible for the murder and persecution of the forces under his control during the war.

When Saif al-Islam moved to London in 2002, a team of officials and assistants followed him to follow up on his affairs. The Libyan foreign investment company was responsible for administrative matters. As for the additional activities, a group of young men took care of them, including Faisal Zawawi, who was involved in the Libyan soccer league at the time. Zawawi organized a party in Punta deleste in Uruguay in which the organizer offered all the colors of luxury, where he requested that the services include providing roasted lamb for Saif and his friends every day.

Zawawi was responsible for providing a yacht in the Mediterranean, parties in the Caribbean, a private jet and fun girls. It is said that Saif asked an assistant in the Libyan foreign investment company to provide him with an apartment in the luxury Belgravia neighborhood in London, and then his claims, other apartments, a traveler, a manager and a bodyguard increases. The assistant said he paid the costs, including the rent, and then sent the bill to Seif’s office in Libya, where public revenue does not exceed one third of UK public revenue. He recalls taking Saif al-Islam to the offices of British foreign intelligence “MI6” to discuss his personal security, and Gaddafi’s son also met with government officials.

He had much to discuss with them. In 2003, after lengthy negotiations, he announced that Libya would “take responsibility” for the Lockerbie crash and was willing to pay $ 2.7 billion in compensation to the families of the victims. . Then Saif’s shift shifted to the early release of the only suspect in the Lockerbie crash, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who was suffering from prostate cancer and was in jail near Glasgow. A public relations team and website, www.justiceformegrahi.com, has been set up in an effort to influence journalists.

In a note briefly written by an agent: “In an encounter with a diverse number of the media spectrum, I had to say it was not an organized PR campaign,” and Saif’s assistants or organizers worked to communicate with the doctors. Under Scottish law, prisoners who are terminally ill and have only three months to be released can be released on human terms. Although there are a number of files on the assessment of the condition of the prisoner who did not undergo effective treatment, a decision was made to examine him personally.

On 24 July 2009, Saif al-Islam received an email from Carol Sikora, a cancer expert in London, who said: “I think Megrahi’s prognosis is poor” and “the best way to persuade the British authorities to “His release is in a humanitarian manner. Reasons are to allow two doctors to see him and a third doctor agrees to diagnose them.” Sikora suggested that he become the head of the tri-medical committee. He said he had agreed with Saif al-Islam that he would receive the specified amount from the National Health Litigation Authority in exchange for his forensic expertise. He visited Al-Megrahi in prison and judged that the man had only three months left and submitted his assessment to the Libyan embassy in London, then the Scottish authorities agreed to the diagnosis.

Saif al-Islam tried to put pressure on Gordon Brown’s government. The e-mails indicate that Zawawi rented a yacht to Corfu between 1 and 3 August. As he revealed, Seif went to Korovo, Greece, and met Peter Mandelson, who was one of Brown’s most prominent cabinet ministers. He spent a night in Jacob Rothschild’s villa overlooking the sea. A person in the villa remembers how Seif came, dressed in military uniform and surrounded by his entourage, and went with Mandelson to a specific place in the garden and raised the issue of Al-Megrahi.

A Mandelson spokesman said they had discussed Lockerbie “in passing” in 2009. In an interview with the newspaper for the purpose of this report, Mandelson denied that he “played any role” in the negotiations for Megrahi’s release, adding: “As far as I remember, he certainly did not for me (Saif) or asked no representative to move for the cause. “

In August, Scottish Justice Minister Kenny Maxkill pushed the button and released Megrahi, allowing him to spend the rest of his life with his family in Libya.

A day later, Saif al-Islam prepared a draft letter to Scotland’s first secretary, Alex Salmond, in which he “expressed his deep gratitude and readiness to take all necessary steps to facilitate Minister Maxkill’s decision”. Salmond said he “does not even remember seeing it,” referring to the letter. He said the British government had no influence over Maxkill, who made his decision “based entirely on due process”.

On the same day, Seif wrote a draft letter to Brown’s foreign affairs adviser, Simon MacDonald, expressing his “sincere and deep gratitude for the support offered in recent months to secure Megrahi’s release.”

MacDonald said Brown appointed him as the liaison for the negotiations and “as far as I know, I was the only person in the British government who dealt with Saif, and one channel was Saif and I.” He said he saw no strangeness in dealing with the dictator’s son, despite his unofficial status, and “because his father’s instructions were clear to bring the dying prisoner to the country.”

He remembers his impression of his interlocutor as “smooth, fluent in English and an expert on expensive things.” They visited Seif’s farm near Tripoli, where he kept a small white tiger in his cage, and “the second time I saw the white. Tiger he was on a mat in Seif al – Islam’s Majlis.”

But political interests mixed with dirty behavior. In the summer of 2009, Zawawi booked a 61-foot yacht with captain and co-pilots at a cost of $ 55,400. Then the yacht rental company Zawawi linked up with a fun girl rental agency. In the email, photos of the agency’s girls were naked and in explicit sexual positions. “They are good on their own, and when we talk about my husband, I recommend Leonie with Sylvie or Chanel or Chanel with Marsha,” wrote a company employee.

Saif mingled with the stars.In May, he received an email apparently sent by model Naomi Campbell, titled “Naomi Campbell’s girlfriend Glenn Maxwell is coming to Libya.” The letter describes Maxwell as a “great” friend who wants to visit Libya in September on her pleasure ship. She asked Seif for help, gave him Maxwell’s email address and signed “A Hug a Hug” and “Love and Light”. Saif apparently replied, “Hello Naomi, your girlfriend is welcome in Libya, please tell her to contact Muhammad,” his right arm, not knowing if further contacts have taken place.

A Campbell spokesman said: “Campbell does not remember the alleged email exchange because the Guardian did not provide her with a copy of the alleged exchange or provide proof of its authenticity and she is not in a position to do so. to comment. “

Seif had a relationship with the world powerhouses. The founder of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, personally invited Seif to attend the annual forum in Davos in January 2011 and described him as “a person who loves it” to build bridges and dialogue. ” Neither Saif al-Islam nor Faisal Zawawi responded to a request for comment. But the World Economic Forum decided to sever ties with Saif when he promised to fight and to the last bullet.

Zawawi then started buying helmets, jackets and armored vehicles from the Emirati Bin Jabr group. The company gave him 120 vehicles for 23.8 million euros. With the increase in violence, he started looking for apartments in central London and later in Dubai. A few days after the Bin Jabr group’s offer arrived, Zawawi changed his allegiance and turned to a witness working with the International Criminal Court in The Hague. And he developed relations with the National Transitional Council, which took control of Tripoli after the revolution.

It was Zawawi who announced the location of Saif al-Islam and told a prominent member of the council that the dictator’s son was near the Niger border and needed a doctor to treat his injured hand. Zintan rebels showed up first and held him hostage as a precious hostage.

He did not disclose the nature of the agreement with his former prison guards, but the infamous dictator’s son is now free to run for president, and the ICC prosecution is no longer an obstacle for him, and a Libyan court opened the way for him to run on the grounds that he has no criminal record.

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