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'Gaddafi killed by French agent on Sarkozy order'
Agencies
London, October 02, 2012
First Published: 00:09 IST(2/10/2012)
Last Updated: 02:41 IST(2/10/2012)

A French secret serviceman shot dead Libya’s former strongman Col Muammar Gaddafi and not a lynch mob of rebels as he lay trapped and cornered in a sewage pipe in his home town of Sirte.

In addition, Gaddafi was betrayed by the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, who gave his mobile number to Paris, allowing French intelligence to determine Gaddafi’s location and send the agent to kill him.

The French secret agent is said to have infiltrated a mob of Libyan rebels which had encircled the Libyan leader on October 20, 2011, in a sewage pipe, and shot him in the head, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and other sources reported.

Quoting diplomatic sources in the North African capital, the Daily Mail said the motive apparently was to stop Gaddafi being interrogated about his highly suspicious links with Nicolas Sarkozy, who was the President of France at that time.

The paper said Sarkozy who once welcomed Gaddafi as the “Brother leader” during a state visit to Paris was said to have received millions of dollars from the Libyan despot to fund his election campaign in 2007.

Sarkozy was not the only Western leader to have close links with Gaddafi. Reports claimed that former British PM Tony Blair visited Gaddafi regularly and was helping to facilitate multi-billion business deals.

Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra also reported that the French agent was acting on the express orders of Sarkozy.

The reports of involvement of French agents in the death of Gaddafi were corroborated by Mahmoud Jibril, who led the interim government in Libya after the ouster of Gaddafi.

The new revelations said that Gaddafi had been tracked through his satellite telecommunications system as he talked to Assad.  And it was Assad who provided France with the key intelligence which led to the operation that killed him.

The Telegraph quoted Rami El Obeidi, a former senior intelligence official in Tripoli, as saying that Assad sold out his fellow tyrant in an act of self-preservation. Obeidi said Assad offered Paris the telephone number in exchange for an easing of French pressure on Damascus.

Nato experts were able to trace the communications traffic between the two Arab leaders, and so pinpoint Gaddafi in the city of Sirte, where he was murdered on October 20.

Nato jets shot up Gaddafi’s convoy, before rebels on the ground dragged him from a drain and then subjected him to a violent attack.
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