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French ex-president Sarkozy held in Libya financing probe

PARIS: French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody on Tuesday and questioned over allegations that late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi financed his 2007 election campaign via suitcases stuffed with cash, a source close to the inquiry told AFP. Sarkozy was detained early on Tuesday morning and was being questioned by prosecutors specialising in corruption, money laundering and tax evasion at their office in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre. The 63-year-old had until now refused to respond to a…

Throwback picture of popular Indian actress with Libya’s Gaddafi is going viral

A throwback picture of popular Indian actress Katrina Kaif with late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is going viral on the internet. The picture, featuring Gaddafi with a group of Indian models that also includes Neha Dhupia and Aditi Gowitrikar, has gone crazy viral. The photo was shared on Instagram by former model Shamita Singha - standing behind Katrina - who deleted the post after being criticized for describing the meeting with Gaddafi as a 'privilege' in her caption. The picture dates from almost 15 years…

Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam freed after five years of detention in Libya

TRIPOLI: An armed group in Libya said on Saturday that it has freed Seif al-Islam, the son of dead dictator Muammar Gaddafi who has been in custody since November 2011. The Abu Bakr al-Sadiq Brigade, a militia of former rebels that controls the town of Zintan in western Libya, said Seif al-Islam was freed Friday evening, “the 14th day of the month of Ramadan“, under an amnesty law promulgated by the parliament based in the east. The brigade, however, declined to disclose his whereabouts, citing concerns over his…

The ‘Green Book’ of Gaddafi: from manifesto to mockery

TRIPOLI: Five years since Muammar Gaddafi was killed in a NATO-backed uprising, the strongman's quixotic Green Book -- once Libya's sacred and ever-present scripture -- is now ridiculed in the conflict-hit nation. Published in 1976, it became Libya's unofficial "constitution", announcing a "third way" between capitalism and socialism that shaped political, economic and social life in the North African state for close to four decades. "The Green Book followed us wherever we went, at school, on television and in the…

Benghazi suspect fighting anti-Islamist general before U.S. raid

BENGHAZI: The suspected ringleader of a 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, snatched this week by U.S. forces, had been fighting a Libyan general committed to root out Islamist rebels when he vanished without trace, according to his brother. "The family was in contact with him on Saturday and Sunday. I was told that he drove away with a friend on Sunday and that was the last we heard of him," said the brother of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, who was seized by U.S. special forces and spirited out of the country to an…

Libyan renegade general agrees to ceasefire during June 25 election

TRIPOLI: A Libyan renegade general has agreed to observe a ceasefire in his declared war on militant Islamists during national elections on June 25, his spokesman said on Tuesday. Libya's elections commission called the vote after parliament agreed to dissolve itself under popular pressure. Many Libyans blame lawmakers for the widespread lawlessness that has marked the country's transition towards democracy since the uprising that ousted autocrat Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Retired general Khalifa Haftar month-old campaign…