Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gaddafi son's lingerie model wife in racy photographs... as more decadent snaps emerge of Libya's first family


Racy photos have emerged of the wife of one of Muammar Gaddafi's sons posing in lingerie in luxury hotel rooms during the tyrant's brutal rule.
In the dozens of photographs, found on a laptop belonging to Gaddafi's son, Hannibal, 36, and his Lebanese wife Aline Skaff are shown partying on a private jet, on a yacht off the Egyptian coast and in some of the shots are surrounded by alcohol, which is banned in Libya.
The couple is famed for having provoked diplomatic tensions with Switzerland when they were arrested in 2008 in a luxury hotel in Geneva for allegedly assaulting two former servants.
Provocative: Pictures of former lingerie model Aline Skaf found by rebels show her in pornographic poses in luxury hotel rooms -it was the family's lavish lifestyle which helped fuel anger in Libya
Provocative: Pictures of former lingerie model Aline Skaf found by rebels show her in pornographic poses in luxury hotel rooms. It was the family's lavish lifestyle which helped fuel anger in Libya
After the fall of Tripoli last month, an Ethiopian nanny also said she had been beaten and severely burnt while working for the couple.
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The undated photographs, made available to AFP, show the couple on luxurious trips to Paris, Rome and the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
They are shown flying on a private jet, lounging in bathing suits on a luxury yacht and shopping in expensive boutiques.
Discovery: Rebels found pictures of the couple, famed for provoking diplomatic tensions with Switzerland when they were arrested in 2008 in a luxury hotel in Geneva for allegedly assaulting two former servants, on their personal compute
Discovery: The pictures of the couple, famed for provoking diplomatic tensions with Switzerland when they were arrested in 2008 in a luxury hotel in Geneva, were found by rebels
Living the high life: Hannibal Gaddafi with his wife Aline Skaff enjoyed themselves on a yacht as his father ruled with an iron fist in Libya
Living the high life: Hannibal Gaddafi with his wife Aline Skaff enjoyed themselves on a yacht as his father ruled with an iron fist in Libya
Escape: Hannibal and his wife are believed to be in neighbouring Algeria, the photos, some of which show alcohol in the background will anger Libyans
Escape: The photos of Hannibal and his wife, who are believed to be in neighbouring Algeria, will anger Libyans
Rule: As his father Muammar Gaddafi led Libya Hannibal and his wife were taking luxury holidays
Rule: Muammar Gaddafi ruled Libya for more than 40 years
Other photos show them staying in luxury hotel rooms, para gliding, scuba diving and visiting the Tripoli zoo.
Skaff, 31, is often shown in suggestive poses on beds or at the beach with some of the photos being pornographic in nature.
It was this lavish lifestyle of the Gaddafi family and entourage which helped fuel the anger in Libya that sparked the protests that led eventually to the former strongman's ouster.
Hannibal was among a group of family members, including Gaddafi's wife Safiya, son Mohammed and daughter Aisha, who escaped to neighbouring Algeria after the fall of Tripoli.
Following Hannibal Gaddafi's 2008 arrest in Switzerland, his father's regime demanded that no charges be brought and an 'apology' should be issued over the allegations that he had assaulted two former servants, a Tunisian and a Moroccan. 
In September 2008, the court dropped the case.
Hannibal also previously received a four-month suspended sentence and a 500-euro fine for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend in France
Final push: Libyan revolutionary fighters shooting at pro-Gaddafi forces in Sirte


 As Libyan revolutionary fighters try to take over Sirte (pictured) they released the damning photographs of Gaddafi's son Hannibal living a privileged life

This fighter is clearly keeping calm amidst the fierce battle to take control of the Libyan town of Sirte, one of the last strongholds of fugitive leader Muammar Gaddafi.
As he stands surrounded by gunmen in front of a pock-marked wall, the area around his feet strewn with bullet casings, the man seems to be simply playing his guitar while his comrades attempt to gain ground from pro-Gaddafi forces.
The striking image comes as speculation mounts that Gaddafi could gain safe passage through Niger to Mali - where he reportedly has a house in the town of Timbuktu.
Relaxing: One fighter appears to take little notice of the devastation around him as he serenades his comrades
Relaxing: One fighter appears to take little notice of the devastation around him as he serenades his comrades
Battle song: The soldier carries on playing amidst a fierce gunfight on the streets of Sirte
Battle song: The soldier carries on playing amidst a fierce gunfight on the streets of Sirte
Earlier, images emerged of a rebel dressed in camouflage and armed with a rifle, lounging in a four-poster bed formerly owned by Gaddafi himself.


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A second rebel laughs at his comrade's antics, while others inspect bed linen in the wreckage of a bedroom at a now-derelict palace in the former leader's home city of Sirte.
Rebel forces have besieged Sirte since mid-September and are still facing fierce resistance from loyalists trying to control Gaddafi's home city. But they are making sure but steady progress.
Down time: Libyan rebels rest in the bed of their country's ousted leader Muammar Gadhafi in a palace in Sirte, Libya
Down time: Libyan rebels rest in the bed of their country's ousted leader Muammar Gadhafi in a palace in Sirte, Libya 

Inspection: Rebels in Gaddafi's bedroom
Inspection: Rebels in Gaddafi's bedroom
Inspection: Rebels take time out from fighting to have a look around Gaddafi's bedroom
Blast: Anti-Gaddafi fighters fire a rocket from the roof of their car as they struggle to control the town
Blast: Anti-Gaddafi fighters fire a rocket from the roof of their car as they struggle to control the town
An official on Libya's governing council said Gaddafi was hiding in the southwestern desert near the borders with Niger and Algeria. But he denied allegations that the Tuareg minority ethnic group was protecting him.
Moussa al-Kouni, Tuareg representative on the revolution's leadership body, claimed yesterday that Gaddafi had sent his son Khamis to the area in June to set up a radio station.
He was also there to make preparations for a possible escape route, he claimed. That was two months before Tripoli fell to revolutionary forces at the end of August.
Attack: A rebel fighter fires an RPG during a street battle in the 700 complex area of Emarat in Sirte
Attack: A rebel fighter fires an RPG during a street battle in the 700 complex area of Emarat in Sirte
Fighting: Rebels launch a rocket toward the desert city of Bani Walid from an outpost on the outskirts of the city
Fighting: Rebels launch a rocket toward the desert city of Bani Walid from an outpost on the outskirts of the city
Al-Kouni provided no evidence, and said he based his assertion on the fact the Gaddafi regime had used the area before because it has rough terrain and porous borders that would make detection difficult. 
He also pointed out that Gaddafi had cultivated close ties with the Niger government and could even be going back and forth across the border.
He said: 'As far as I am aware, Gaddafi is in that region, on the border with Niger.'
And he added that Gaddafi could get safe passage through Niger, where his son al-Saadi has been placed under house arrest, to Mali.
There has been much speculation about Gaddafi's whereabouts since the erratic leader and two of his sons went underground as revolutionary forces swept into the capital.
Celebration: Libya's new regime fighters cheer during battles in Sirte with forces loyal to Gaddafi
Celebration: Libya's new regime fighters cheer during battles in Sirte with forces loyal to Gaddafi
Besieged: Libyan revolutionary fighters attack pro-Gaddafi forces today in Sirte
Besieged: Libyan revolutionary fighters attack pro-Gaddafi forces today in Sirte
Libya's new rulers have vowed Gaddafi will face justice for crimes committed during more than four decades of brutal rule. 
But more than seven weeks after Tripoli's fall, authorities appear no closer to capturing him and the fugitive former leader continues to try to rally supporters with audio messages from hiding, most recently on Thursday.
The head of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, told reporters on Sunday that the governing authority had no confirmed information about Gaddafi's location and he did not know whether the fugitive leader was inside or outside Libya.
Some military officials have alleged Tuaregs are helping Gaddafi survive and remain hidden in the vast southern desert. 
The nomadic community, which spans the desert border of Niger, Mali, Libya, Algeria and Chad, has long been among Gaddafi's strongest supporters and many fought for him during the civil war.
In contact: Libya's new regime fighters walk past a damaged car during battles with forces loyal to Gadafi in the streets of Sirte
In contact: Libya's new regime fighters walk past a damaged car during battles with forces loyal to Gadafi in the streets of Sirte
Defending: A Libyan fighter fires a heavy machine gun during battles on Sirte's streets
Defending: A Libyan fighter fires a heavy machine gun during battles on Sirte's streets
Al-Kouni acknowledged that some of Gaddafi's Tuareg recruits may still be helping him but insisted the community as a whole was not. 
He expressed concern that the allegations were causing harmful divisions between Tuaregs and other Libyans.
Revolutionary forces still battling Gaddafi loyalists have made gains in recent days on two major fronts, his coastal hometown of Sirte and the inland enclave of Bani Walid, but still face fierce resistance.
The transitional leadership, eager to move forward with efforts to hold elections and establish a democracy, has said it will declare Libya liberated after Sirte falls.
Anti-Gaddafi fighters raised their tricolor flag yesterday over Sirte's Ouagadougou Convention Centre, which had been used by loyalists as a base.
But fighting surged elsewhere in the town. Tank, rocket and machine-gun fire echoed through the surrounding streets.
Under arrest: Libya's new regime fighters detain an alleged Gaddafi loyalist in Sirte
Under arrest: Libya's new regime fighters detain an alleged Gaddafi loyalist in Sirte
Drama: Anti-Gaddafi fighters fire a rocket during clashes with pro-Gaddafi forces at the frontline in Sirte
Drama: Anti-Gaddafi fighters fire a rocket during clashes with pro-Gaddafi forces at the frontline in Sirte
Colonel Younis al-Abdally, a commander in Sirte, said his troops have surrounded pro-Gaddafi fighters in a small area along the upscale Dollar Street. 
He conceded that a fierce fight still lies ahead and said that information indicated that one of Gaddafi's sons and a number of top officials of the former regime are holed up in villas there.
Artillery commander Mahmoud Mustafa said Gaddafi's son Moatassim was believed to be hiding in Dollar Street or one of two other areas where fighting still raged, so revolutionary forces were trying to capture pro-Gaddafi fighters alive.
He said: 'We believe there are some important figures, including Moatassim, and that is the reason we have faced such strong resistance for weeks.'
A team from the International Committee of the Red Cross entered Sirte's Ibn Sina Hospital yesterday to evacuate wounded people left behind after three weeks of fighting.
More than 100 patients, including several wounded children and their families, were trapped in the hospital, said Dr Abdallah Etbiga.
In Bani Walid, the other remaining bastion of Gaddafi loyalists, revolutionary fighters retreated from the town center after facing heavy sniper fire and booby-traps.
But they still held the airport and two villages to the south, said Abdullah Kenshil, who led failed talks for the town's peaceful surrender.
Gaddafi forces also attacked revolutionaries at the town's northern gate on Monday but were repelled, he said, adding four fighters were killed and six wounded in that battle.
In hiding: An anti-Gaddafi fighter peers out of an apartment window
Taking cover: An anti-Gaddafi fighter peers out of an apartment window

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