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article imageGaddafi family given political asylum in Oman

By Katerina Nikolas     Mar 26, 2013 in World
Muscat - Ever wondered what happened to the remaining members of the Gaddafi clan after the murder of the Colonel? It turns out that Gaddafi's wife, two of his sons, and his daughter, are enjoying political asylum in the Middle Eastern Sultanate of Oman
Libya's former ruling clan made a hasty exit from their homeland as it fell to rebel control. Today only Saif al-Islam Gaddafi remains on Libyan soil, awaiting trial in May. The BBC reported his trial has been delayed due to the absence of a lawyer to represent him, hardly surprising as the Libyan authorities arrested his legal team on an earlier visit to Libya on accusations of spying.
Al-Saadi Gaddafi, whose name appears on Interpol's most wanted list, fled to Niger and was offered asylum there on humanitarian grounds. The remaining close family members have managed to stay together in exile. They have even managed to travel from Algeria where they first fled, to Oman, where they are living in a diplomatic enclave, without their movements being reported on until now.
The family clan in Oman comprises Muammer Gaddafi's wife Safia, his eldest son Mohammad and his playboy son Hannibal, and daughter Aisha. They were, as far as the world was concerned, ensconced in Algeria. Algerian authorities defied Libyan demands to extradite them.
The Telegraph reports Libya's Foreign Minister Mohammad Abdulaziz has said the family is in Oman and has accepted political asylum there. An Omani government official confirmed:
"Gaddafi's wife, two sons and a daughter, as well as their children have been in Oman since October last year. We have already accepted their request for asylum provided they don't engage in political activities.
This step comes in the context of a purely humanitarian concern, the Sultanate does not want to show off or brag about it to the press and the media, especially since this step is consistent with the philosophy of the Sultanate, and its foreign policy."
According to the Times of Oman the move took place "with the full knowledge of the Libyan and Algerian authorities" and "the Gaddafi family members had been granted diplomatic passports to travel."
The question of course remains of how the family managed to travel from Algeria to Oman without drawing international attention to their move.
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