Gadhafi's cousin calls Sarkozy's woes 'God's punishment'


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 Gadhafi's cousin calls Sarkozy's woes 'God's punishment'

Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, cousin of Libya's former president Moammar Gadhafi, speaks while the news on his TV in Cairo shows former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the background on Thursday.

    Video by Wochit News

    Speaking from his luxurious apartment overlooking the Nile in Cairo, Gaddaf al-Dam said most of the Libyans involved in the money transfers are imprisoned, dead or in hiding, fearing assassination.

    He listed names mentioned in media reports, such as Gadhafi's onetime treasurer al-Bashir Saleh, who survived a shooting in South Africa last month, and Shukri Ghanem, the former oil minister who was found dead in the Danube River in 2012. Others are being held by Libyan militias, including former Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmoudi and former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi.

    Gadhafi's son and onetime heir apparent, Seif al-Islam, is facing charges of crimes against humanity for his role in trying to put down the 2011 uprising. He was pardoned by the Libyan parliament and released in June. He has not been seen in public since then.

    Earlier this week, associates announced that he intends to run in upcoming elections. Gaddaf al-Dam said Seif al-Islam has the right to run for president but has not expressed a willingness to do so.

    After the fall of Gadhafi, Libya was plunged into chaos. The rebel groups were transformed into militias, some of which are loosely allied with competing governments in the west and east.

    Gaddaf al-Dam blames Western countries, saying Gadhafi's downfall led to "destruction and humiliation." He says Sarkozy and other Western leaders should be held accountable for turning Libya into a "den of extremism and terrorism."


    By: Associated Press

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