The corrupt protect their own: Relative of Gaddafi assaults two British prostitutes

Posted on September 3, 2007

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By GLEN OWEN and HOLLY MILLBANK
The Mail on Sunday, UK

 Britain has become involved in a potentially damaging diplomatic imbroglio after a relative of Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi was prosecuted for assaulting two prostitutes at his London home.

The case against Mohamed Al Sanussi, 26, collapsed after the two alleged victims withdrew their evidence. Legal sources have claimed that prior to the three-week trial last month there had been intense lobbying of the Foreign Office by the Libyans on behalf of Al Sanussi.

He is the son of Abdullah Al Sanussi – Gaddafi’s brother-in-law and a senior figure in Libyan security, who has been linked by intelligence services to the Lockerbie bombing and the downing of a French airliner over Africa.

The sources claim that a letter which was sent by the Libyan Government in early July made representations asking for the case to be dropped.

It is also understood that Libyan officials suggested a £450million gas deal, struck with BP in May, could be jeopardised by the case. [more]

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