A group calling themselves 'Topple The Tyrants' said they had taken over the palatial neo-Georgian townhouse belonging to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi....read
Squatters move into Gaddafi son's £11million mansion demanding it is 'returned to the Libyan people'
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:21 AM on 10th March 2011
The uprising in Libya has reached a genteel residential street in Britain after squatters occupied a £10million house belonging to Colonel Gaddafi’s son.
A group calling themselves ‘Topple the Tyrants’ said they had taken over the palatial neo-Georgian townhouse belonging to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, 38.
The squatters, some wearing balaclavas, draped a huge white banner across the building’s roof bearing the slogan ‘Out of Libya, out of London’ and showing Colonel Gaddafi’s face crossed with a thick red line.
Occupied: Squatters unfurl a banner on the roof of the £11m property which was on the market until last month
The house in Hampstead Garden Suburb, north London – some 1,500 miles from the Libyan capital Tripoli – has its own swimming pool and cinema, and widescreen TVs in every room.
One squatter, who called himself Montgomery Jones, said: ‘We want to make sure the property goes back into the hands of the Libyan people who deserve it.
Property: Saif al-Islam reputedly owns the Hampstead home which has been taken over by squatters
We’re here for a serious reason, we’re not here to luxuriate. I don’t think what we are doing is legal but I don’t think that’s relevant.’
Another group member, who would not give his name, said: ‘We didn’t trust the British government to properly seize the Gaddafi regime’s corrupt assets so we took matters into our own hands.’
The British government has seized more than £2billion in assets belonging to the Gaddafi family.
Four members of the group had been walking around the rooftop as officers took photos of them.
Police were called after residents in the well-to-do neighbourhood heard the burglar alarm going off.
They said they are monitoring the situation at the Hampstead property - although no arrests have been made.
The extravagant home, in one of the capital's most exclusive neighbourhoods, is fitted with a swimming pool, sauna and cinema.
It was on the market until last month but was withdrawn and instead put up for rent for more than £500,000 per year.
As well as the banner, signs on the property in English and Arabic said 'revolution' and 'solidarity'.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, 38, used to live in the capital when he was a PhD student at the London School of Economics.
His four-level, double-fronted property has underfloor heating throughout and was bought complete with two dishwashers, microwaves, as well as fridges and freezers.
Banners said 'Solidarity' and told the Gaddafi's to get 'Out of London'. The group have said they will stay until the property is returned to the Libyan people
Jones added that they had been watching the Al Jazeera news channel inside.
The activist refused to say how many people were inside.
Squatting: Group in north London home of Seif al-Islam Gaddafi said they switched on the news as soon as they got in on the extra large television
Squatters covered their faces as they clambered into the property and refused to reveal their true identities
The property is believed to be part of £300million of assets in the capital belonging to the Gaddafi family which have been seized.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said they were treating it as a civil and not a criminal matter for the time being.
Demo: The squatters clambered in through the window, and then unfurled a banner on the roof
Police presence: Officers were called to the address but they have said they are currently treating it as a 'civil matter'
Deluxe: The cinema room in the house in one of London's wealthiest and most prestigious suburbs
MYSTERY OF LIBYA'S VANISHING BANK CHIEF
Libya's central bank governor has surfaced after two weeks in the wilderness to confirm he has been in Istanbul, the Financial Times reported.
Rumours have been rife about the actions of Governor Farhat Omar Bengdara, with some speculating he may be trying to covertly get cash and assets out of Libya.
Upon identifying his whereabouts Bengdara did not reveal whether he remained loyal to Muammar Gaddafi or was siding with the opposition.
The Libyan government said on Tuesday that Finance Minister Abdulhafid Zlitni had taken over temporarily as head of the central bank because Bengdara was abroad. Bengdara's whereabouts had been unclear for the past few weeks.
The FT's website said Bengdara, who it described as 'the man who holds the keys to the Gaddafi regime's finances', had contacted the paper by email late on Tuesday to say that he had been informed of the move and that he had been in Turkey.
But he insisted that he was doing his job and was abroad because it was easier to conduct business there than in Tripoli, the FT said.
He said he would resign after the current crisis, adding that he had been working over the past two weeks to explain the central bank's position and clarify the effect of the international effort to freeze Libyan assets, the FT said.
Unicredit said a week ago that it had restored contact after a week with Bengdara, who is vice chairman of Italy's top bank in which the Libyan central bank has a stake of nearly 5 per cent.
The FT said international bankers and opposition figures have been scrambling to locate Bengdara and decipher his loyalties because they assume he is one of the few officials with the authority to move funds.
The paper said Bengdara's family comes from Benghazi, the eastern city at the centre of the rebellion against Gaddafi, but added that opposition figures abroad considered him too closely tied to the regime.
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Mansion owned by Colonel Gaddafi's family in North London
The £11million mansion owned by Colonel Gaddafi's family in North London. The detached neo-Georgian property was bought by Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, 38 - Colonel Gaddafi's favourite son - in 2009. It had previously been available to rent for £10,000 a week and then for sale at £10.9million. It boasts a swimming pool, sauna room, jacuzzi, suede-lined cinema room and underfloor heating.
( February 26, 2011 - Photo by PacificCoastNews.com)
Will Gaddafi escape from Libya on this plush private jet?
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:31 PM on 9th March 2011
Rumours have been rife over the past few days that Colonel Gaddafi is ready to quit Libya - and here is the jet he may use to make his escape abroad.
On Monday night it was reported the dictator was ready to relinquish his 41-year rule after proposing a meeting of the Libyan parliament to agree a transition period to pave the way for him to step down, according to Al Jazeera, the Arab TV network.
His terms include immunity from criminal prosecution and a pile of cash.
This United Aviation Bombardier Challenge 8,500 jet may be used by Gaddafi to flee Libya
The fancy plane is the property of a jet company owned by the Libyan government
If Gaddafi and his family were to fly out of the country, they could well do so on on a United Aviation jet, such as the Bombardier Challenge 8,500.
The jet company, owned by the Libyan government, is also in possession of a Bombardier Global 5,000 and a Bombardier Challenge 3,000, which the dictator could utilise.
Gaddafi allegedly sent Jadallah Azzouz Talhi, a former prime minister, to meet Libyan rebels to work out the fine print of a deal to stand down earlier this week.
The offer proposed that the dictator would hand over power to a committee formed by the General People’s Congress.
The plush plane will allow the dictator and his family to flee Libya in luxurious comfort
However, the rebel interim council, based in the eastern city of Benghazi, reportedly rejected the offer because such an ‘honourable’ exit would offend Gaddafi’s victims.
A source close to the rebel council said he had heard that ‘one formula being proposed by the other side would see Gaddafi hand power to the head of parliament and leave the country with a certain guaranteed sum of money’.
He added: ‘I was told that this issue of money is a serious obstacle from the national council’s point of view.’
The cock pit of the private jet, which is ready to carry Gaddafi from Libya for good after his 41 years in charge
Meanwhile, Colonel Gaddafi's forces today blasted an oil terminal to smithereens as Libya's bloody civil war entered its blackest day.
Rebels retaliated by firing back with rockets as a fireball exploded from one of the oil tanks and the sky above the Es Sider terminal, in the east of the country, filled with hideous smoke.
A witness said one of the smoke plumes was the biggest he had seen in the conflict so far.
The fresh onslaught came as Gaddafi deployed tanks and snipers to 'shoot anything that moves'.
Forces loyal to the Libyan dictator poured into the city of Zawiyah in a desperate bid to oust the hardcore band of protesters and army defectors who have taken control.
The fully-fitted kitchen of the Bombardier 8,500. Earlier today, there were reports that three private jets owned by Gaddafi had left Libya for Vienna, Athens and Egypt
Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi arrives to give television interviews at a hotel in Tripoli last night
Last night, the increasingly crazed despot gave his fourth rambling TV interview since protests began on February 15.
Returning to familiar themes, the Libyan leader said the rebels wanted to pave the way for a new colonial era that would allow Britain, France and the United States to divide up the country and control its oil wealth.
Making reference obliquely to unrest in the Arab world and elsewhere, he said: 'How can (Libyan) parents allow Tunisians, Egyptians, Algerians and Afghans to enrol your children?'
He said rebels were drug-addled youths and Al Qaeda-backed terrorists. One of his sons said if Gaddafi bowed to pressure and quit, Libya would descend into civil war.
He promised to fight any attempt to impose a no-fly zone on the country which he said would merely be an excuse by the West to seize Libya's oil deposits.
'If Al Qaeda seizes Libya, that will amount to a huge disaster,' Gaddafi said. 'If they (Al Qaeda fighters) take this place over, the whole region, including Israel, will be dragged into chaos,' he said.
'Then Bin Laden may seize all of north Africa that faces Europe.'
Greek officials said they spotted one Libyan Airlines Falcon 900 jet as it briefly entered airspace for around 15 minutes earlier this morning - but Gaddafi was not aboard
The extravagant bathroom of the private plane. Gaddafi wants immunity from criminal prosecution and a pile of cash before he considers jetting off
Earlier today, there were reports that three private jets owned by Gaddafi had left Libya for Vienna, Athens and Egypt.
Greek officials said they spotted one Libyan Airlines Falcon 900 jet as it briefly entered airspace for around 15 minutes earlier this morning.
The sightings prompted speculation that Gaddafi or members of his family have fled the country.
However, it later emerged that one aircraft had landed in Egypt carrying the head of the Libyan Authority for Supply and Logistics, Major-General Abdel Rahman Ben Ali al-Sayyid al-Zawy, who was carrying a message from Gaddafi.
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Cameron defends 'excellent' Hague over Libya fiasco as he tells Miliband: 'You're the only one to knife a foreign secretary'
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:38 AM on 10th March 2011
David Cameron today publicly backed William Hague over his handling of the Libya crisis after Labour leader Ed Miliband branded the Foreign Secretary incompetent.
The Prime Minister told MPs during Question Time that Mr Hague, who was not present in the Commons as he was briefing the Queen, was doing an ‘excellent’ job.
Mr Cameron’s endorsement comes after claims that a replacement Foreign Secretary had been lined up.
Heated exchange: Prime Minister David Cameron hits out at Ed Miliband's rivalry with his brother after the Labour leader branded William Hague incompetent
The PM followed with jibe about Mr Miliband being the only one to ‘knife’ a foreign secretary after beating Mr Hague’s predecessor in the Labour leadership contest.
Mr Cameron said he took ‘full responsibility’ for the actions of his Government following the blunder which led to special forces troops being captured in Libya.
But Mr Miliband claimed there was ‘increasing concern’ about the handling of the crisis, adding that there was an ‘issue of competence at the heart of this Government’.
Under fire: Foreign Secretary William Hague has been criticised over his handling of the Libya crisis
He said: ‘We have had the flights fiasco, we have had talk of Colonel Gaddafi heading to Venezuela when he wasn't, we've had overblown briefings about potential military action and we had the setback last weekend.’
Mr Miliband asked the Prime Minister: ‘Do you think it's just a problem with the Foreign Secretary or is there a wider problem in your Government?’
The Labour leader also asked Mr Cameron: ‘Can you tell us who authorised the mission in Benghazi last weekend?’
Mr Cameron hit back, saying: ‘I'm not sure I particularly want to take a lecture from Labour about dealing with Gaddafi.’
Referring to the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi Mr Cameron added: ‘I think the first thing we should have from the Labour Party when it comes to Libya and Gaddafi and the release of Megrahi is an apology.’
He added: ‘When it comes to the issue of this Government's conduct, we have led the way in getting a tough UN resolution on Libya, we have led the way on getting Libya thrown out of the Human Rights Council and we have led the way in making sure the world is preparing for every eventuality including a no-fly zone.’
In response to Mr Cameron, the Labour leader said: ‘Everybody will have heard the deafening silence about the performance of the Foreign Secretary.’
Resistance: Rebel fighters yesterday came under constant bombardment at the rebel held position near Ras Lanuf
Mr Cameron shot back with an endorsement of Mr Hague as ‘excellent’ and a jibe at Mr Miliband's relationship with his elder brother David, the former Foreign Secretary who lost his Labour leadership bid.
‘Let me tell you, I think we have an excellent Foreign Secretary. There's only one person I can remember around here knifing a foreign secretary and I think I'm looking at him.’
Mr Miliband told MPs: ‘The more he brings my relatives into this argument, the more you know he is losing the argument.
‘I've got a second cousin in Belgium that he will be going after next, I'm sure.
Next in line? International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has reportedly been lined up as Mr Hague's replacement should the Foreign Secretary quit
Allies insisted last night that Mr Hague – who has been roundly criticised for his slow response to the conflict in North Africa – is determined to stay until the next election.
But the Mail has learned the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary met privately on Monday evening in Downing Street for a heart-to-heart.
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has reportedly been lined up to step in if Mr Hague quits.
The Foreign Secretary was left on the back foot when Sir Menzies Campbell publicly criticised him over his response to the seizure of an MI6-SAS team by Libyan rebels.
The former Liberal Democrat leader, who has close links with diplomats, told BBC2’s Newsnight: ‘I’m not sure just how enthusiastic he is about this business. I mean it is very, very hard, every weekend away.’
Yesterday Mr Hague succeeded only in fuelling the speculation when he was questioned about his appetite for the job at a conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
He said: ‘These are historic and momentous events. All of us shouldering responsibilities at this time will see those responsibilities through for an extended period of time in the face of any criticism or setbacks.’
Downing Street stressed that Mr Hague ‘absolutely’ has David Cameron’s support.
But No 10 yesterday referred statements on his state of mind to the Foreign Office. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said there were no plans for a Cabinet reshuffle ‘any time soon’. Yet senior officials were openly speculating about Mr Hague’s future yesterday.
Sources said that Mr Cameron was poised to promote Mr Mitchell when Mr Hague appeared about to renounce frontline politics last year after revelations he shared a room with a male aide.
A well-placed source said: ‘Andrew Mitchell is very well thought of and familiar with all the issues. He sits on the National Security Council. He would have been sent over last year if William had gone and he’s still the man.
‘William has lost his mojo. He seems tired and often unengaged.
'He just doesn’t seem that interested.’
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