Monday, November 7, 2011

Gaddafi gave terrorist $28 Million for attacks- Libyan Official Asharq Alawsat Newspaper (English)

Gaddafi gave terrorist $28 Million for attacks- Libyan Official


By Abdul Sattar Hatita

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat- Dr Ibrahim Quwaydir, a Libyan official who previously held the post of secretary general of the Arab Labor Organization, has revealed that approximately 148 of the late Muammar Gaddafi’s senior loyalists are in Egypt and can engage in clandestine political action against the Libyan revolution. This is particularly possible, he said, because, according to available information, it was highly likely that they were in possession of $10 billion of Libyan funds. Quwaydir said that before his death, the late Col Muammar Gaddafi earmarked $28 million to a group of terrorists to carry out assassinations in Libya and abroad under the motto of "revenge after the fall of the regime."

Quwaydir called on the Libyan people to adopt the slogan "the people's legitimacy" instead of the "revolution's legitimacy," noting that the revolution's legitimacy slogan was a ploy through which Gaddafi ruled Libya for 42 years. We do not want to hear that slogan again. He played down the danger of Islamists and tribalism in the political process.

In reply to a question by Asharq Al-Awsat before leaving Cairo for Libya this week, on whether there was still fear of Gaddafi’s loyalists carrying out attacks against the revolution, Dr Quwaydir said: "Fear of Gaddafi’s loyalists still stands." He added that 148 senior loyalists of Gaddafi live in Egypt. They fled Libya when they sensed that the fall of the Libyan regime was imminent. He added: "Those loyalists may cause disturbances in Libya in view of Egypt's proximity to Libya. So we must watch them." He called for further security coordination between Libya and Egypt and for stopping any secret political activity against the Libyan revolution.

Quwaydir said that the wealth of Gaddafi’s senior loyalists in Egypt was estimated at approximately $10 billion, noting that these funds belonged to the Libyan people. He proposed establishing a joint defense committee of Libyans and Egyptians to file suits against Gaddafi’s loyalists in Libya and Egypt to restore the Libyan people's funds.

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