Qaddafi’s surviving cousin: France, US killed late Libyan leader

Gaddaf al-Dam says ‘it is definitely a foreign country that is responsible… Some say France, others say the Americans’. (Al Arabiya/Reuters)

Muammar Qaddafi’s former personal envoy and cousin Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam told Al Arabiya News Channel that France and the United States are responsible for the death of the late Libyan leader.

In the latest episode of Political Memory on Al Arabiya News Channel, Gaddaf al-Dam says “it is definitely a foreign country that is responsible for planning his death. Some say France, others say the Americans”.

Gaddaf al-Dam also talked about the controversy surrounding Iranian-Lebanese philosopher and Shiite religious leader Musa al-Sadr, who disappeared while visiting Qaddafi in 1978.

On August 25, 1978, Sadr and two companions departed for Libya to meet with government officials at the Qaddafi’s behest.

The three were last seen a few days later and were never heard from again.

“Those who are currently leading Libya are our political opponents. If Qaddafi actually had a hand in their dissapearnace, our rivals would have presented evidence by now. But they haven’t,” Gaddaf al-Dam told Al Arabiya’s Political Memory host Taher Barakeh.

Gaddaf al-Dam is a polarizing figure in Libya since he was initially arrested in March 2013 in Egypt on attempted murder charges. He was released nine months later when Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi came into power.

*This article also appears on The fourth episode of the Political Memory interview with Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam can be viewed in Arabic here.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49