Qaddafi’s cousin calls Sarkozy charges ‘God’s punishment’

Ahmed Gaddaf Al-Dam, cousin of Libya’s former president Muammar Qaddafi, speaks to The Associated Press, while the news on his television shows Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the background, at his apartment in Cairo, Egypt, Mar 22, 2018. (AP)
Updated 22 March 2018
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Qaddafi’s cousin calls Sarkozy charges ‘God’s punishment’

CAIRO: Muammar Qaddafi’s cousin says the corruption allegations against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy are “God’s punishment” for his role in the NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed the longtime Libyan leader.
Ahmed Gaddaf Al-Dam, a close aide to Qaddafi based in Cairo, told The Associated Press that he was aware of the millions of euros Qaddafi’s government allegedly gave to Sarkozy.
Investigators are examining allegations that Qaddafi’s regime secretly gave Sarkozy 50 million euros ($62 million) for his 2007 presidential campaign. Sarkozy has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
As president, Sarkozy put France in the forefront of the NATO-led air campaign in support of Libyan rebels in 2011. Gaddaf Al-Dam says most of the Libyans involved in the money transfers are imprisoned, dead or fearing assassination.


Israel to name Golan settlement after Trump

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Israel to name Golan settlement after Trump

  • Netanyahu said in a video message that he would present a resolution to the government calling for a new settlement named after the US president
  • Trump recognized Israel’s claim of sovereignty over the part of the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he plans to name a new settlement in the occupied Golan after US President Donald Trump in appreciation of his recognition of Israel’s claim of sovereignty there.
Netanyahu, who has been on a trip to the region with his family for the week-long Passover holiday, said in a video message that he would present a resolution to the government calling for a new settlement named after the US president.
“All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” he said.
Trump again broke with longstanding international consensus on March 25 when he recognized Israel’s claim of sovereignty over the part of the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.
The decision came only two weeks ahead of a tightly contested Israeli election, which saw Netanyahu win a fifth term in office.
Trump has shifted US policy sharply in Israel’s favor since taking office, most notably by recognizing the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Israel annexed 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of the Golan it seized in 1981, a move never recognized by the international community.
Around 18,000 Syrians from the Druze sect — most of whom refuse to take Israeli citizenship — remain in the occupied Golan.
Some 20,000 Israeli settlers have moved there, spread over 33 settlements.