Category Libya

Notes on a revolution

The Sunday Times The memories will live for ever. The screaming 64-year-old woman castigating a group of young Libyan rebels for their cowardice as they sheltered from sniper fire outside her front door. The motorcyclist wearing a T-shirt with Barack Obama’s face on it, an assault rifle slung nonchalantly over his shoulder as he sped […]

MI5 spied on Libya torture victims

The Sunday Times MI5 asked Colonel Muammar Gadaffi’s secret services for regular updates on what terrorist suspects were revealing under interrogation in Libyan prisons, where torture was routine. The security service also agreed to trade information with Libyan spymasters on 50 British-based Libyans judged to be a threat to Gadaffi’s regime. The disclosures come from […]

Gadaffi and sons flee like rats up a water pipe

The ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gadaffi and his sons may have evaded capture by fleeing through waterpipes large enough to hide military vehicles, rebel commanders believe. The pipes of the Great Manmade River project, designed to supply Libyan coastal cities with water from a huge natural reservoir beneath the desert, are up to 13ft in […]

Ministers wanted Prince Andrew to cosy up to Gadaffi

The Sunday Times Ministers wanted Prince Andrew to help persuade Colonel Gadaffi not to “exact vengeance” on Britain if the Lockerbie bomber died in a Scottish prison. Secret papers seen by The Sunday Times reveal that the Duke of York’s relationship with the dictator was seen as a key plank in a strategy to facilitate […]

The historic desert deal returns to haunt Britain

The Sunday Times Standing inside Colonel Muammar Gadaffi’s bedouin tent outside Tripoli, Tony Blair smiled broadly as he extended Britain’s historic “hand of friendship” to the Libyan dictator. The 2004 deal in the desert was supposed to mark the moment when “Mad Dog” Gadaffi was transformed from an international pariah who sponsored the IRA and […]