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April 2013 

map of Oman

Aisha Gaddafi turned on her Algerian hosts, causing damage to the presidential villa the family were given.

The widow and children of the late Muammar Gaddafi are living in luxury while under house arrest in the Gulf state of Oman after being thrown out of their former refuge in Algeria, it is alleged.

Some 2,500 miles from Sirte, the Libyan town where the deposed dictator was killed by rebel fighters 18 months ago, his remaining family members are thought to have settled in a villa in Qurum, an upmarket suburb of Muscat, the Omani capital.

According to sources in the Gulf state, the party — including Gaddafi’s widow Safia, his daughter Aisha and son, Hannibal — have been barred from politics under the terms of a strict asylum deal imposed by the Omani Government. In exchange for their silence, the family will be taken care of in some style with all expenses paid for by the Government of Qaboos bin Said al-Said, the Sultan of Oman.

Gaddafi’s children were notorious for their lavish lifestyle before the revolution as the family controlled key sectors of Libya’s oil-rich economy.

“They will be taken care of so long as they don’t cause trouble here or in Libya,” one source in Muscat said.

The whereabouts of the Gaddafi clan had remained a mystery for months but they reappeared in Muscat in October after a turbulent year in Algeria. It emerged that Aisha Gaddafi, the former UN Goodwill Ambassador, had turned on her Algerian hosts, causing damage to the presidential villa that the family were given. She flew into rages over the deaths of her father, husband and two children during the Libyan conflict, attacking bodyguards and setting furniture on fire.

According to local reports in Algiers, her hosts’ patience finally snapped when she destroyed a picture of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Algerian President.

The deal to repatriate the family was struck between the Omani, Libyan and Algerian governments, according to diplomatic sources.

Aisha and Hannibal are both wanted on arrest warrants issued to Interpol by the new Libyan Government. But it is believed that those charges could be shelved by Tripoli unless they violate the terms of their asylum agreement in Muscat. The Omani Government could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Theodore Karasik, from the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis in Dubai, said: “Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates are known for housing members of former regimes from around the region. These Gulf states are seen as stable and some of these arrivals can provide assistance as the new order in the Middle East emerges.

Source: The Times 

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