One of Muammar Qaddafi‘s sons tried to flee into Mexico
on a fake passport, that country says, but authorities there stopped
him before he and his family could make it to a luxury home near Puerto Vallarta.
The weird thing about the story is that Saadi Qaddafi, a former professional soccer player who’s been living in Niger since September, has had his assets frozen by the United Nations for months, so he would have to rely on some secret resource to pay for the elaborate plan. Niger has also granted him asylum and said it wouldn’t allow Libya to extradite him, so he doesn’t necessarily face justice in his home country nor from Interpol, which has issued a warrant for his arrest. We’ve noticed most of the reports on this story
qualify it by heavily attributing it to the Mexican government. Still,
Mexico’s interior minister described a complicated plot to get Saadi
across the Atlantic, per the Associated Press:
The plotters allegedly jetted into Mexico, opened bank accounts and
bought properties meant to be used as safe houses in several parts of
the country, including one at the resort of Bahia de las Banderas on
Mexico’s Pacific coast.
“The large economic resources which this criminal organization has, or
had, allowed them to contract private flights,” Poire told a news
Poire said the leader of the plot was a Canadian woman he identified as Cynthia Vanier.
He said she had been detained on Nov. 10 and is being held, along with
three other suspects, under a form of house arrest on suspicion of
If Niger does decide to acquiesce to Interpol’s request to hand Saadi over, the BBC reports
he faces charges having to do with his role as a professional football
player. “The international police agency says he is wanted on
allegations of misappropriating properties through force and armed
intimidation when he headed the Libyan Football Federation.”
Source: The Atlantic Wire | Yahoo News