Son claims 'agents in Libya to kill Kadhafi': report
The maverick Russian head of world chess said Monday he had met Moamer Kadhafi's eldest son in Tripoli, who told him Western special forces were stationed in the capital to kill the Libyan leader.
"I met the country's Olympic committee chief Muhammad Kadhafi, who told me groups of special forces from several Western states had been sent to the Libyan capital Tripoli to physically eliminate his father," Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told the Interfax news agency.
"According to Muhammad Kadhafi, three groups of Western special forces are in Tripoli. He thinks the West is going all-in," said Ilyumzhinov.
He added that Muhammad Kadhafi had reiterated that his father had no plans to leave the country.
"My father feels well and does not intend to leave his country, which he loves more than life," Ilyumzhinov quoted the leader's son as saying.
The eccentric president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and former leader of the Buddhist republic of Kalmykia is known for unusual pronouncements, repeatedly claiming in interviews to have met aliens.
Yet he has become an unlikely commentator on Libya, with apparent close access to Kadhafi and his family.
Last month he was shown on Russian television playing a game of chess with Kadhafi on an earlier visit to Tripoli, which he insisted was a working trip on chess business.
Ilyumzhinov said then that topics of talks included a plan to introduce compulsory chess lessons in Libyan schools and to hold a tournament in Tripoli. After the visit prompted a whirl of speculation, he released a statement stressing it was not political and saying he believed chess could play a "critical role in promoting peace at this time of crisis".
© 2011 AFP