Germany overlooked claims against Kadhafi son: report

1st October 2011, Comments 0 comments

German officials buried numerous criminal allegations against ousted Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's son Seif al-Arab for fear of damaging bilateral ties, the weekly Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

Germany's foreign ministry had on five occasions informed justice officials in Munich that investigations against Seif al-Arab Kadhafi, who studied there, could create diplomatic problems with Libya.

Between 2006 and 2010, Germany police had opened 11 investigations against the former strongman's son on allegations including arms trafficking, violence, driving without a licence and insulting a police officer.

But all the probes were blocked, with police suspecting German intelligence of thwarting their work, the magazine reported.

Members of Kadhafi's former regime say that Seif al-Arab and three of Kadhafi's grandchildren were killed in a NATO air strike on Tripoli on April 30, but Italian President Silvio Berlusconi has denied this.

© 2011 AFP

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