Kadhafi clan: politics, sport and scandal

TRIPOLI- No stranger to controversy, Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's offspring have been locked in rivalry, brushed with the law, dabbled in sport and featured in the gossip pages of Western magazines.
Often presented as his father's successor, Seif al-Islam is the second of Kadhafi's eight children, the eldest son of his second wife, whose name means sword of Islam.

Kadhafi clan: politics, sport and scandal
The 38-year-old has appeared on public television several times since the protests erupted on February 15.
He holds no official position but has carved out influence as a loyal emissary of the regime and as an architect of reform.
This week, he proposed a plan for reforms, warning that civil war would destroy the country if protests end his father's rule. He is also anxious to normalise relations with the West.
He shot to prominence as a mediator over the 2007 release of Bulgarian nurses who were jailed as scapegoats for a hospital AIDS outbreak.
He also negotiated compensation agreements for the families of those who were killed in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and of UTA Flight 772 in 1989.
Hannibal provoked diplomatic tensions with Switzerland when he and his wife Aline were arrested on July 15, 2008 in a luxury hotel in Geneva.
They were later released in return for half a million Swiss francs (391,682 euros, $540,467).
Tripoli demanded that no charges be brought and an "apology" after Hannibal was prosecuted for allegedly assaulting two former servants, a Tunisian and a Moroccan. In September 2008, the court dropped the case.
In France, he received a four-month suspended sentence and a 500-euro fine for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.
Dubbed the "captain," Hannibal spent time in the military and is in charge of the National Shipping Company.
Trained by Egyptian officers, he is a career soldier and a doctor.
In 2007, his father promoted him to head of the National Security Council and in April 2009 he met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington.
Suspected of attempting a coup, he was exiled to Egypt but was later pardoned and returned home.
He is Seif's main rival in the Libyan succession.
Hired in 2003 to play for Italian first division club Perugia, Saadi barely kicked a ball but was suspended for eight months after testing positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid.
As chairman of the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company, which holds a 7.5 percent stake in Juventus, Saadi hung up his boots in 2004 aged 34. He also spent time in the army, where he led an elite unit.
He was last seen in military uniform, a Kalashnikov slung across his shoulder, hugging his father on Tuesday after he delivered a rambling 75-minute speech in which he vowed to crush anti-regime protests.
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Born in 1977, she is a lawyer and chairwoman of welfare organisation the Waatasemu Charity Association. In July 2007, she met the then wife of current French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Cecilia Sarkozy, in Tripoli.
She has been compared to the German-born supermodel for her style and long blonde hair.
In 2001 she accompanied her father to Iraq, where he met Saddam Hussein. She was also dispatched to the Philippines, where she negotiated the release of Western hostages with the Islamist Abu Sayyaf.

Friday, February 25th 2011

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