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article imageMexico foiled plot for Saadi Gaddafi to escape to Pacific Coast

By Katerina Nikolas     Dec 7, 2011 in World
Authorities in Mexico say they uncovered a plot to smuggle Saadi Gaddafi into the country in early September. The foiled plan was allegedly organized by a Canadian woman.
A plot to smuggle Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of Col. Muammar Gaddafi, was foiled by Mexican authorities. Alejandro Poire, Mexico's interior secretary, has revealed that Mexican intelligence agents discovered the plot in early September, prior to playboy Saadi fleeing to Niger from Libya.
According to the Telegraph the plot involved Mexican, Canadian and Danish suspects, who flew into Mexico to open bank accounts and purchase safe houses. Poire said "The large economic resources which this criminal organization has, or had, allowed them to contract private flights."
Digital Journal reported in October that Saadi's Ontarian bodyguard, Gary Peters, was involved in Saadi's escape to Niger. He said at the time that his escape plans included either Mexico or Canada. The National Post has now reported that Peters was also involved in an elaborate plot to smuggle Saadi into the Mexican resort of Punta Mita, on the Pacific Coast.
Mexican authorities arrested the ringleader, Canadian Cynthia Anne Vanier, in Mexico City, along with three other suspects. The smuggling ring was allegedly linked to forged documents, organized crime and human trafficking. Mexican security expert Alberto Islas told the National Post β€œIt is of no surprise that Mexico was considered to be a hideaway for this international criminal,” adding β€œA foreigner with armed bodyguards would not have stood out in the city.”Saadi Gaddafi is currently subject to an Interpol arrest warrant but was granted humanitarian leave to remain in Niger. Tripoli would like to see Saadi returned to Libya to face trial on charges relating to alleged misappropriation of funds from his days heading Libya's Football Federation.
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