Friday, September 9, 2011

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi 'protected from assassination plot in 2004' by UK police

Metropolitan police and special branch placed Gaddafi's son on 'at risk' register in 2004 after plot to kill him was uncovered

Nick Hopkins, Friday 9 September 2011

"One of Colonel Gaddafi's sons was offered police protection in the UK in 2004 after intelligence was uncovered about an apparent plot to have him killed.

Officers from Scotland Yard's special branch spoke to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and reassured him that steps were being taken to ensure his safety. He was also put on the police's "at risk" register.

The details of the threat to Gaddafi's 38-year-old son, and the efforts that Scotland Yard and MI5 made to look after him, are contained in documents found in Tripoli [See post below] since the fall of the old regime.

At the time of the plot in early 2004, Saif Gaddafi was living in London. Britain and the US were at pains to ensure that nothing upset Libya's return into the international community.

Like his father, Saif is now on the run in Libya, hunted by the National Transitional Council and wanted by the international criminal court accused of crimes against humanity, murder and torture....."

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