A translation that shows Gaddafi's son asked Saudi Arabia for asylum
A document in WikiLeaks' Saudi Cables appears to show the Gaddafi family asking Saudi Arabia for asylum before he was assassinated. (AFP/File)
A document in WikiLeaks' Saudi Cables earlier this week appears to give a little more insight in the Gaddafi family's situation following the Libyan revolution, purporting to show they were seeking refuge in Saudi Arabia.
Allegedly sent from Foreign Affairs Minister Saud al-Faisal to the chair of the Royal Court, the letter refers to the Saudi king as "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques." Here's the translation:
I report that His Royal Highness Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in London had recently received the attached letter submitted to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, God protect him, from Mr. Mohammed Muammar al-Gaddafi in which he clarified his desire of granting asylum for him and his family, which contains five persons to the kingdom. Hoping to present that for kind review.
The document seems to fit the description of Gaddafi's son, Mohammed — he, his mother, his brother and sister were the ones who managed to find asylum in Oman.
It's unclear who the fifth person was in the letter. The letter was dated in April 2012, months after Gaddafi was killed in Libya. After the Libyan revolution, his family fled to Algeria in 2011 before their 2013 arrival in Oman was confirmed (though we're not sure where they spent those two years in between).
Mohammed was the only one of Gaddafi's children not wanted by Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization, who had not died, fled or been captured by Libyan rebels.
The letter makes us wonder how many other countries from which the family had requested asylum before they successfully sought refuge in Libya. Two years later Oman had approved the family's request so long as they don't "engage in political activities," an anonymous official had told Reuters back then.
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