Wednesday 22 November 2017

Members of dictator's family under guard in Algeria

Damien McElroy in Algiers

Algeria is holding a group of Muammar Gaddafi's immediate family under close confinement at a luxurious villa in pine forests west of Algiers.

The 12-strong group, led by Gaddafi's wife Safia, (pictured) daughter Aisha, sons Moham-mad and Hannibal, plus other relations, are under guard near the state residence complex overlooking the Mediterranean. Sources in Algiers said the family were taken to the area, which is home to senior regime figures, after they were transferred by private jet.

One official said Algeria refused to allow them to bring in "a big sack of money" and their own bodyguards.

A Western diplomat said the security services had the family transported to an area where access was tightly controlled.

"It is possible that the family will be allowed to move into elite apartments in Algiers at a later time but for the moment they are being kept far away from view in the top officials area in Staoueli about 20km west of Algiers," an Algerian briefed by military officials said.

The ultra-luxurious Clube des Pins resort in the area is a notorious playground for the Algerian elite and a focus of popular anger against official corruption in the oil-rich state.

Algeria has expressed anger at criticism for allowing the Gaddafis into the country.

Ahmed Ouyahia, the prime minister, said the Libyan opposition authorities, had agreed to the move to grant the family refuge.

He said the National Transitional Council had "confirmed" it was a humanitarian issue. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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