Gaddafi son faces legal action in France

22nd February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 21 (AFP) - French prosecutors are to start legal proceedings against one of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sons over a violent incident in a Paris hotel, a judicial source said Monday.

PARIS, Feb 21 (AFP) - French prosecutors are to start legal proceedings against one of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sons over a violent incident in a Paris hotel, a judicial source said Monday.

Hannibal Gaddafi is suspected of "deliberate violence against a vulnerable person, in this case his pregnant partner..," as well as possessing an unlicensed weapon, the source said.

He is to be summoned before a judge in Paris to respond to the accusations, the source said.

Hannibal Gaddafi, who is aged in his 20s, was the subject of a formal protest by France to Libya early this month after he allegedly took part in scuffles in two luxury hotels in the French capital on the night of February 1 during which he produced a handgun.

French police are investigating a bruised woman's claims she was beaten by Hannibal Gaddafi in the first of the two altercations.

Judicial sources said that he did not have the correct firearms permit for the pistol he was carrying.

According to the French foreign ministry, Hannibal Gaddafi has no diplomatic immunity.

It is not the first time Hannibal Gaddafi was the focus of a diplomatic incident in Paris.

Last September, two of his bodyguards were arrested after one hit a policeman after being stopped for running several red lights on the Champs-Elysees avenue. The bodyguard was given a suspended one-month jail term and fined EUR 1,500 (USD about 2,000).

He has also been accused of a violent incident in Denmark, according to Danish Ekstra Bladet newspaper.

It reported on February 6 that Danish police were called three weeks earlier following a violent incident involving Hannibal Gaddafi at a Libyan diplomat's residence in the posh Copenhagen suburb of Gentofte.

© AFP

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