Gaddafi son's Paris fracas prompts protest

3rd February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 3 (AFP) - The French government on Thursday lodged a formal protest with Libya as police investigated claims that a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi beat a woman in a Paris hotel earlier this week.

PARIS, Feb 3 (AFP) - The French government on Thursday lodged a formal protest with Libya as police investigated claims that a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi beat a woman in a Paris hotel earlier this week.

"We have informed the Libyan authorities of our displeasure regarding the repeated incidents provoked by Mr Hannibal Gaddafi," deputy French foreign ministry spokeswoman Cecile Pozzo di Borgo.

The Libyan embassy in Paris was asked to step in after scuffles in two separate luxury hotels in the French capital, during which Hannibal Gaddafi allegedly produced a nine-millimetre handgun.

After the first incident a woman was treated for bruises in hospital and later filed suit claiming to have been beaten by Gaddafi.

Gaddafi, who is in his late 20s, left Paris for Copenhagen on Wednesday after being questioned by police.

Police were trying to determine whether Gaddafi has a permit to carry a handgun, but sources said this "doesn't seem to be the case".

Gaddafi does not enjoy diplomatic immunity in France, according to the foreign ministry.

"Only those people accredited by France to represent their country or those on official visits to France benefit from diplomatic immunity," Pozzo di Borgo said.

"Mr Gaddafi does not fall into either of these two categories and therefore does not have diplomatic immunity," she explained.

A bodyguard working for Gaddafi was fined and given a one-month suspended jail sentence for hitting a policeman in September last year after the son of the Libyan leader was caught speeding on the famed Champs-Elysees.

© AFP

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