A French secret serviceman shot dead Libya’s former strongman Col Muammar Gaddafi and not a lynch mob of rebels as he lay trapped and cornered in a sewage pipe in his home town of Sirte.
In addition, Gaddafi was betrayed by the Syrian leader, Bashar al Assad, who gave his mobile number to Paris, allowing French intelligence to determine Gaddafi’s location and send the agent to kill him.
The French secret agent is said to have infiltrated a mob of Libyan rebels which had encircled the Libyan leader on October 20, 2011, in a sewage pipe, and shot him in the head, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and other sources reported.
Quoting diplomatic sources in the North African capital, the Daily Mail said the motive apparently was to stop Gaddafi being interrogated about his highly suspicious links with Nicolas Sarkozy, who was the President of France at that time.
The paper said Sarkozy who once welcomed Gaddafi as the “Brother leader” during a state visit to Paris was said to have received millions of dollars from the Libyan despot to fund his election campaign in 2007.
Sarkozy was not the only Western leader to have close links with Gaddafi. Reports claimed that former British PM Tony Blair visited Gaddafi regularly and was helping to facilitate multi-billion business deals.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2012.