Last Updated: Mon Oct 01, 2012 00:11 am (KSA) 21:11 pm (GMT)

Qaddafi was killed by French agent, not rebel: report

Muammar Qaddafi was killed on Oct. 20, 2011 in an assault on his hometown of Sirte after he was cornered in a sewage pipe waving a golden gun. (Reuters)
Muammar Qaddafi was killed on Oct. 20, 2011 in an assault on his hometown of Sirte after he was cornered in a sewage pipe waving a golden gun. (Reuters)

A new report has begun to spread its wings with claims that a French secret serviceman, acting on the express orders of Nicolas Sarkozy, was responsible for the killing of former Libyan dictator Colonel Qaddafi.

Qaddafi was killed on Oct. 20, 2011 in an assault on his hometown of Sirte after he was cornered in a sewage pipe waving a golden gun.

Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra, has reported, citing diplomatic sources in the Libya capital Tripoli, that a foreign assassin killed Qaddafi, and that the assassin was likely to have been French.

According to well-placed sources in Libya, a Frenchman infiltrated a violent mob which was mutilating the captured Qaddafi last year and proceeded to shoot him in the head.

In a sinister twist, a 22-year-old young man who was among those who ambushed Qaddafi and who frequently brandished the former strongman’s golden gun died in Paris last Monday.

Ben Omran Shaaban was said to have been beaten up by Qaddafi loyalists in July, before being shot twice. He was flown to France for treatment, but died of his injuries in hospital.

Former interim prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, told an Egyptian television that “it was a foreign agent who mixed with the revolutionary brigades to kill Qaddafi.”

The apparent motivation for the murder was to stop Qaddafi from revealing information on his relationship with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who was said to have received millions of dollars from the former Libyan leader to finance his French election campaign of 2007.

The alleged incident, if true, would cause a stir inside and outside France.

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