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Gaddafi 'executed by French' revelations of a Libyan agent
02 octobre 2012 | Par <http://www.mediapart.fr/biographie/50004> Fabrice
Arfi et <http://www.mediapart.fr/biographie/179242> Karl Laske
The images depicting the demise of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi on
October 20th 2011 suggest he was killed by a lynch mob. But could he have
been executed by members of France's special forces after being stoned by
the crowd? That is the startling claim of a former rebel intelligence chief
in Libya who says that the attack on Gaddafi's convoy at Sirte that led to
his death was coordinated by the French foreign intelligence agency the DGSE
(Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure) on the orders of the Elysée.
In an interview with Mediapart the agent making the claims, Rami el-Obeidi,
ex-head of intelligence for Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC),
stated bluntly that: French agents directly executed Gaddafi. According to
him Gaddafi's execution followed his threats to reveal, just
Mediapart has produced a string of revelations
y-election-campaign-proof> about how Sarkozy's election campaign was funded
illegally with up to 50 million euros from the regime of the Libyan
The threat of a revelation about the financing of Sarkozy in 2006-2007 was
taken sufficiently seriously for whoever at the Elysée to want the rapid
death of Gaddafi, he said, mentioning somewhat mysteriously in the context
of the payments the visits made by Cécilia Sarkozy [editor's note, Cécilia
Sarkozy, then the president's wife, visited Libya in 2007 to help secure the
release of five Bulgarian nurses held captive there.]. When contacted
Cécilia Attias, as she now is, said: This man can say what he wants. I have
absolutely no knowledge of this kind of thing.
El-Obeidi, who was close to General Abdul Fatah Younes, a senior rebel
commander who was assassinated in July 2011, was one of the key
intermediaries for Western secret services in Libya. Last Saturday he told
journalists at the Italian newspaper <http://www.corriere.it/%20> Corriere
della Sera and Briton's
Daily Telegraph how NATO forces had obtained the coordinates of Gaddafi's
location by keeping watch on his Libyan contacts in Damascus.
The Syrian president [Bashar al-Assad] himself gave Gaddafi's satellite
phone number to French agents, he told Corriere della Sera. And el-Obeidi
told The Daily Telegraph that the capture and death of Gaddafi was an
exclusively French operation.
The former head of Libyan rebel intelligence also insists that a report was
written on the circumstances of Gaddafi's death but that it was censored.
So far these allegations about the possible French involvement in the Libyan
dictator's death have produced no political reaction in France.
Two senior Libyan figures have discussed this explosive issue over the past
week following the death of Omran Ben Chaaban, aged 22, one of the main
people involved in the capture of Gaddafi. Chaaban died in Paris on
September 24th of gun wounds he had received in Libya. In an interview with
atiques-27-09-2012-1511629_24.php> Le Point magazine the current Libyan
head of state Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf said it was not impossible that
Gaddafi had financed Nicolas Sarkozy knowing the way he operated. The
former head of the Transition Council, meanwhile, Mahmoud Jibril, told
Egyptian television that many Arab [secret] services as well as Western had
an interest in [ensuring that Gaddafi] never spoke.
Contacted by Mediapart, a spokesman for the DGSE refused to comment.
Below is Mediapart's interview with Rami el-Obeidi.
Mediapart: Do you know if agents from French special forces were present at
Sirte when Muammar Gaddafi was captured?
Rami el-Obeidi: Yes, French special forces and field agents from the DGSE
were on the ground in Sirte, like other field agents from other countries.
Mediapart: Was Gaddafi killed where he was captured or in another place?
R.O.: Perhaps on the road to Misrata [north along the coast from Sirte] but
absolutely not at the precise spot where he was discovered after the attack
on his convoy.
Mediapart: Do you know, yes or no, if a French agent directly killed Muammar
R.O.: Yes, French agents directly killed Gaddafi.
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Mediapart: Have you any details on the French agent or agents involved?
R.O.: None. It's just about impossible to have any.
Mediapart: Did the Libyan foreign intelligence service that you headed at
the time write a report on French involvement in Muammar Gaddafi's death?
R.O.: Yes, but it was censored because M. Sarkozy controlled the policy of
the NTC [National Transitional Council] alongside the Emir of Qatar. I don't
know if this report still exists.
Mediapart: Do you remember on which date the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad
gave Gaddafi's telephone number so he could be located?
R.O.: It was in the first week of October 2011. Gaddafi was killed on
Mediapart: Can you confirm the intervention of two French aircraft in
stopping Gaddafi's convoy?
R.O.: I can't confirm that. The aerial attack could have been carried out by
any NATO member country, but the operation was commanded and directed by the
DGSE and people in charge at the Elysée.
Mediapart: Which French service was involved?
R.O.: The Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure [the French foreign
Mediapart: Do you think that the murder of Gaddafi might be linked to his
threats to reveal Sarkozy's corruption?
R.O.: Absolutely. That was one of many reasons. The threat to reveal
financing of the Sarkozy campaign in 2006/2007 could have been the straw
that broke the camel's back, and was taken sufficiently seriously for
whoever at the Elysée to want the rapid death of Gaddafi. Don't forget that
Gaddafi had humiliated Sarkozy in not honouring the majority of the weapons
and energy contracts signed in the famous 10 billion euro protocol agreement
during [Gaddafi's] well-known visit to Paris [editor's note, in December
Descripción: Nicolas Sarkozy and Muammar Gaddafi.Nicolas Sarkozy and Muammar
Sarkozy had accorded Gaddafi a visit of unusual protocol, worthy of a king.
There were also several issues that dated from the time of the war in Chad
(in the era of Mitterrand) [editor's note, President François Mitterrand,
president 1981 to 1995] and which were very embarrassing for France. But
also joint intelligence operations in Africa, in Darfur [in Sudan] for
Mediapart: Do you have any information concerning the sums of money paid by
the Libyan regime to Nicolas Sarkozy?
R.O.: You should look in a little more detail at the frequent visits made by
Cécilia Sarkozy to Libya. According to my information the payments did not
take place in one go, but in parts, particularly through Nouri Mesmari, the
former head of protocol in the Gaddafi regime.
Mediapart: Mediapart has published information concerning the payment of 50
million euros in 2007/2007 at the time of Sarkozy's presidential campaign.
Do you have any information on this subject.
R.O.: I have heard the same thing. Moussa Koussa [editor's note, the former
head of the intelligence agency under Gaddafi], Bashir Saleh
ls-interpol-call-arrest-gaddafi-funding-chief> [editor's note, the
dictator's former chief of staff] and Nouri Mesmari are best-placed to know.
For more about the issues raised in this article, click on the links to
Mediapart's investigations below:
all-key-sarkozy-gaddafi-election-payment-witness-be-> Mediapart lawyers call
for key Sarkozy-Gaddafi election payment witness to be heard by French judge
talls-interpol-call-arrest-gaddafi-funding-chief> French government stalls
Interpol call for arrest of Gaddafi funding chief
over-gaddafi-funding-revelations> Sarkozy attacks Mediapart over Gaddafi
kozy-election-campaign-proof> Gaddafi funding of Sarkozy election campaign:
port-describes-gaddafi-funding-sarkozys-2007-electio> Exclusive: secret
report describes Gaddafi funding of Sarkozy's 2007 election campaig
l-horned-libyan-internet-espionage-deal?page_article=2> French IT group Bull
horned by Libyan internet espionage deal
dence-illegal-funding-probe> French judge finds key evidence in illegal
residency-after-funding-scam-arrests> Net closes in on French presidency
after funding 'scam' arrests
llegal-funding-scandal-closer-sarkozy> Arms dealer probe brings illegal
funding scandal closer to Sarkozy
o-brings-danger-sarkozy-clan> The secret financier who brings danger to the
-and-secret-350-million-euro-commission> Sarkozy, the arms dealer, and a
secret 350 million-euro commission
ttre-en-ligne-en-prepa> Exclusive: how Sarkozy's team sought grace for
Gaddafi's murderous henchman
dent-sarkozy-s-team-dealt-gaddafi> Exlusive: how President Sarkozy's team
dealt with Gaddafi
l-elysees-secret-emissary> When Total paid the bill for the Elysée's secret
h-offroader-may-be-hiding-gaddafi> The French-built stealth offroader that
may be hiding Gaddafi
English version: Michael Streeter
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