Warm letter sent by Blair to 'dear' Saif Gaddafi revealed
Published 05/09/2011 | 05:00
TONY Blair had a close relationship with one of Muammar Gaddafi's sons who is now being hunted for possible war crimes, previously secret documents have shown.
The new evidence, which will further tarnish the former prime minister's image following his dealings with Libya, shows that he helped Saif al-Islam Gaddafi on his allegedly plagiarised PhD thesis.
Among documents found at the British Embassy in Tripoli is a letter written by Mr Blair in 2007 regarding Saif's PhD thesis. Mr Blair addresses the dictator's son as "Dear Engineer Saif".
A spokesman for Mr Blair said: "A letter to Saif Gaddafi was drafted by officials giving international examples of good practice in civic society which was sent in the prime minister's name and which he signed. It was perfectly proper to do so." (© Daily Telegraph, London)