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Saif Gaddafi: London life of former playboy who could lead Libya revealed

By Paul Caruana Galizia and Juliette Garside

21 Jul 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

Safi Gadaffi was heir apparent to his father's dictatorship of Libya. He is registered to run for the country's first ever presidential elections.

The organiser said it would be “the most amazing party ever done in Punta del Este”, a glamorous seaside resort in Uruguay. He offered his client a sound system, a DJ, decorators, fireworks and “naked models swimming in the pool”. The client – a fixer with close ties to the rulers of Libya – turned down the fireworks.

It appears the fixer wired the organiser $34,300 – and asked him for a whole roast lamb to be delivered every day to the party villa between 30 December 2006 and 6 January 2007. He would be joined there by fellow Libyans and his boss, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was due to fly in from South Africa.

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