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Targeted for assassination by NATO?

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Saif al Islam Gadhafi
Saif al-Islam Qaddafi. Photo: Vanity Fair

(BEIRUT, Lebanon ) - During the late evening of 10/20/11 the White House, the Office of the Secretary of State, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Libyan Embassy in Washington, DC received a faxed communication from an American organized international legal team currently preparing their departure to Libya.

The international lawyers, whose assistance has been arranged through Gadhafi family members and friends, have accepted the obligation to represent Saif al Islam against charges filed by the International Criminal Court on June 26, 2011 and to represent him in any and all legal proceedings that the NTC government may bring against him in Libya.

They have been advised by Gadhafi supporters in Libya and neighboring countries that the NTC at the direction of NATO, fully intends to see Saif al Islam killed before he can address the international media and his supporters, following the transfer of his father’s leadership authority to Saif on August 29, 2011.

Saif has been planning to announce his candidacy in the planned coming election. Informal polls throughout Libya have shown him garnering close to 70% of the vote if he is allowed to stand for office under the now NATO controlled country.

This observer is a member of the group of international lawyers who seek justice for their client, Saif al Islam.

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An excerpt of the communication served in Washington reads:

"We demand that our client, Saif al Islam al Gadhafi be immediately protected should he be arrested and that if injured that he be kept under the continual watch and care by the International Committee of the Red Cross until we are granted personal contact with him and have the opportunity to complete current efforts at arranging interim measures of protection to guarantee his safety.

"We insist that our client not be questioned or interrogated by anyone including representatives of the current government of Libyan or by investigators from the ICC until he has had the opportunity for legal consultation and until he recovers from any wounds.

"The rights of Seif al Islam must be protected in full compliance with international norms and we call on the United Nations Security Council and International Human Rights Organizations to act immediately to protect our client.

"We respectfully request that the International Criminal Court take custody of the remains of Moammar and Mutassim Gadhafi, and conduct forensic examinations preparatory to filing criminal charges against those responsible for these extra-judicial killings."

Information arriving from family members and friends of our client Saif al Islam leaves no doubt that NATO has ordered his killing. His planned, and we believe White House approved assassination is meant to spare NATO the international accountably that awaits them as the World learns from eyewitness accounts and reliable, competent and probative physical and demonstrative evidence compiled over the past six months, exactly what NATO has wrought on Libya and its civilian population.

Shortly we will file with the ICC our formal demand for our clients protection and his transfer, if captured, to a sanctuary outside of Libya lest he be assassinated as was the fate today of his father, Colonel Moammar al Gadhafi.

We intend to hold the current governments of Libya and the United States as well as NATO fully responsible for the brutal assassination of our client’s father and brother Mutassim and for any abuse or harm that is directed at our client, Saif al Islam.

We intend to prove in Court that since the passage of UN Security Resolution by the United Nations Security Council on March 17, 2011, NATO has repeatedly targeted civilian targets with more than 9,000 bombing sorties in Libya as part of its campaign to assassinate the Libyan leader Colonel Gadhafi and his close aides and advisers.

We intend to prove in Court that NATO did repeatedly sanction others to carry out Moammar Gadhafi’s assassination and that his killers on October 20, 2011 knew that a large cash award awaited them if they killed Colonel Gadhafi thus silencing him from testifying against NATO officials and current Western leaders who led the eight month destruction of Libya.”

The next few days will be a major test for the international community and whether the application of international law will be applied to Libya. The outcome will also likely signal whether Libya descends more deeply into civil war involving as many as six African countries who are reportedly organizing troop units to be sent into Libya to help protect civilians from NATO forces who are arriving to help re-build the country that NATO needlessly and criminally substantially destroyed.

Franklin Lamb is a member of the American led legal team that intends to defend Saif al Islam against current charges filed against him at the International Criminal Court. He is reachable c/o fplamb@gmail.com


Dr. Franklin Lamb is Director of the Sabra Shatila Foundation. Contact him at: fplamb@gmail.com. He is working with the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign in Lebanon on drafting legislation which, after 62 years, would, if adopted by Lebanon’s Cabinet and Parliament grant the right to work and to own a home to Lebanon’s Palestinian Refugees. One part of the PCRC legislative project is its online Petition which can be viewed and signed at: petitiononline.com/ssfpcrc/petition.html. Lamb is reachable at fplamb@palestinecivilrightscampaign.org. Franklin Lamb’s book on the Sabra-Shatila Massacre, International Legal Responsibility for the Sabra-Shatila Massacre, now out of print, was published in 1983, following Janet’s death and was dedicated to Janet Lee Stevens. He was a witness before the Israeli Kahan Commission Inquiry, held at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in January 1983.

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Joker October 26, 2011 10:01 am (Pacific time)

British press reported that "SAS leading desert race to trap Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam" Many people believe they are trying to hunt him down and silence him. (This got the most tumbs up) I hope he escapes, because l for one want to hear what he has to say. That is why 22 SAS are hunting him as it is suggested, no doubt on the orders of the PM and British government. I bet Sarkozy has his SF or Légion étrangère covering some border......Algeria,Niger or even Chad. Because he has a lot to hide....and if it all comes out, he can kiss the little chance of being re-elected "Au Revoir"! The public need to know what he has to say. I wish Saif the very best of luck. Back in Riga,due to squatters in my French house!, 26/10/2011 14:35 Click to rate Rating 107 How is that justified under the NATO manadate? I thought we were just there to protect civilians! - John, Bedfordshire, England, 26/10/2011 8:33 Click to rate Rating 105 So all along the so called mission to save civillians was a excuse to kill Gaddaffi and his family. NATO and the UN where are you? You are so far from the original mission statement it is untrue. Cameron should use this much passion for a mission to get us out of the EU. Still he must protect his future employment. - Barry , Chelmsford, 26/10/2011 14:59 Rating 54

Joker October 26, 2011 9:38 am (Pacific time)

The British press report that "SAS leading desert race against time to trap Saif as he heads to Niger" Many people suspect he would be silenced. Here are some comments: They just want to stop him spilling the secret relationship his father had with our government. - Terry, Hastings, 26/10/2011 20:31 This chase by the SAS is illegal! Ted, Muswell Hill,, UK, 26/10/2011 17:32 So the much vaunted SAS has orders to get to Gaddafi's last surviving son before anyone else. To silence him before he tells the world how complicit the British Government was with his father's regime for years no doubt. Just what was the SAS involvement with the father's death I wonder. Finally, a tip for these SAS assasins - make sure you have insurance in place that you don't suddenly find yourselves needing to be silenced in turn after you have done the wet work. - Iain, Glasgow, Scotland, 26/10/2011 20:51

Joker October 25, 2011 1:43 am (Pacific time)

Col. Gaddafi was humiliated, tortured and executed by his captors two days after Mrs. Clinton visited Tripoli. During her visit, she told the Libyans (broadcasted by MSM) that Gaddafi must either be removed or killed. While it may be a bit far stretched to say that this amounts to inciting the militia to act against the Geneva Convention (making Mrs. Clinton an accomplice to the crime), but knowing the volatile situation on the ground, it’s not wrong to conclude that such talk would be taken as an implicit go-ahead to kill, and that a dead Gaddafi is what the Western backers preferred. Whether or not an assassination order has indeed been given, it’s fair to conclude that these people would prefer the high profile Gaddafi son dead.

Incidentally, was Mrs. Clinton (Hilary Dilary as some US media calls her) merely trying to prove to her detractors at home that she has a sense of humour with her "Wow! We came, we saw and he died" remark and silly chuckle? Or was that the true her? Whatever it was, it was bad taste and totally unbecoming of someone of her office and stature. Such spontaneous and unscripted moment offers a rare opportunity to glean a media savvy person’s true character. Having good social etiquette does not equate having good manners, and a person’s manners reflects not only their character, integrity but also how well they were brought up. Mrs. Clinton’s natural reaction at a rather significant political moment reveals not only her callousness but also a lack of basic manners.

keep Saif Safe October 23, 2011 7:07 am (Pacific time)

Glad 2 see Saif is alive n apparently unharmed. Friends n family members should advise 2him stay alive n not lose his life now. Current justice is Force is Might, n the WEST r technically way superior, they r planning to leave, so dont give them an excuse to stay n kill him. "Revenge" can take many forms, need not b by force n can b carried out years later

keep Saif Safe October 23, 2011 6:01 am (Pacific time)

NATO clearly acted in violation of the UN “no-fly zone” resolution by backing the rebels with selective bombing. Now Biden is hailing the “success” in Libya a model to be adopted by US in the future (claiming that it cost only $2 billion n no American lives were lost). This has turned many of us, ordinary world citizens, against the US n NATO. Perhaps these Western countries r hoping for more unrest n destruction in other parts of the world, so that they may benefit from selling more arms n getting lucrative “reconstruction” contracts 2 keep their economies solvent n avoid their own citizens rebelling…

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