A senior Muammar Ghaddafi top aide has for the first time revealed gory details of sex,murders and racism in the Brother Leader's secret world.
Below is Nouri al-Mismari former Libyan director of protocol and Minister of State's account.
About Imam Moussa Sadr, I received a call from Abdallah Senoussi, who was then an officer in military intelligence.
It was an amorous call. [Late Gabonese President Omar] Bongo was very angry
He gave me three passports and asked me to get Italian visas for guests of the government.
One of these was Sadr's passport. It took time and Senoussi stamped his feet.
I later realized that the imam had been abducted and they had planned to cover it up with a trip to Rome. [...]
"He [Gaddafi] was temperamental. Sometimes he would wake up and say: "Bring me that negro", in reference to an African head of state.
And after the interview: "The negro is gone. Give him something. "[...]
"When he was at loggerheads with his wife Safia, he would retreat to his bunker in Bab al-Aziziyah.
"He had his harem, with ephebes and concubines.
"He would stay for a month or two, and there we knew that he was plunged into debauchery and partying. [...]
"He took steroids, brought to him by Senoussi. [...]
"During a hunting party in Romania, he killed one of the Officers, Salah Boufaroua because he had evidence that Gaddafi's mother was Jewish.
"Two diplomats in Rome were executed for the same reason. [...]
"He was sadistic with women. I witnessed two cases of aggression against a Nigerian academic and the wife of a Swiss businessman.
"The first received a $100,000 "compensation".
The other case was covered by an investment in a Swiss company. [...]
"Bashir Saleh [former Gaddafi aide] told me that the [late] Gabonese President Omar Bongo had made him listen to a taped telephone call between Gaddafi and his wife.
"It was an amorous call. Bongo was very angry. [...]
"Gaddafi was fond of history books and loved to surprise foreign representatives by evoking little known details. [...]
"When Kofi Annan came to Libya in relation to the Lockerbie bombing, he was made to wait a whole day. He hosted a tent in the desert, I saw a mortified Annan."
The author, Ghassan Charbel is a Lebanese journalist and writer. He began his career in the reputed Lebanese daily, Annahar before joining Agence France-Presse and the Saudi-owned pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. He has been managing editor of Al-Hayat, another major pan-Arab daily, since 2004. He has published several books of interviews with Arab personalities, including Hariri, Walid Jumblat, Michel Aoun, Nabih Berri, Samir Geagea. Charbel also interviewed Khaled Meshaal, George Habash and Carlos●
Published in Al-Hayat, a collection of interviews by Lebanese journalist Ghassan Charbel with several Gaddafi ministers appear in: Sous la tente de Kaddafi (les compagnons du colonel révèlent les secrets de son règne) - Under Gaddafi's tent (companions of the Colonel reveal the secrets of his reign). Riad El-Rayyes editions, Beirut, 2013.
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