OK, I admit it. I don’t think the Daily Star is the best source of reliable news, but I’m posting this because I want to see the words on paper: Gaddafi wants to leave Libya. Well, the wish is father to the thought.
I wouldn’t buy the Daily Star’s account necessarily but the words sure do look nice.
A WAY OUT
Colonel Gaddafi could go to Uganda or Venezuela, his son Saif would ideally like to go to London. – A top security source
By Deborah Sherwood, Daily Star, 3rd April 2011, http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/184344/Colonel-Gaddafi-begs-for-a-way-out/
MAD Dog Gaddafi is talking terms for his surrender and escape from Libya as his evil regime crumbles.
Colonel Gaddafi’s Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, who defected to London last week, delivered the leader’s demands.
Top of his list was to avoid trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where other dictators and generals have been jailed.
Last week Foreign Office aides met with his son Saif’s trusted envoy Mohammed Ismail to discuss surrender.
A top security source said: “He would agree to a ceasefire and wants to get out with his family. Gaddafi could go to Uganda or Venezuela, his son Saif would ideally like to go to London.”
Musa Kusa – dubbed Moussaka by British spies – also spilled the beans on the failing leader’s secret plans and gave vital insights into his next moves and military might.
Scottish police will also meet Foreign Office officials tomorrow with a view to quizzing him over Lockerbie.
The aide added: “Gaddafi wants to avoid humiliation and 30 years in jail.
“If America agreed not to press for him to be tried over Lockerbie that could help but it’s up to the court.”
NATO was last night investigating a friendly fire blunder.
A coalition warplane killed 13 Libyan rebel fighters near Brega on Friday night.
The attack is believed to have happened when Gaddafi troops infiltrated rebel ranks and fired anti-aircraft guns. Others claimed rebels were shooting into the air in celebration when they were fired on.
A rebel captain claimed some government troops surrendered as they entered the eastern gate of Brega. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that no British forces were involved.
Three fighter jets from Sweden have joined the NATO-led no-fly zone operation.
The JAS 39 Gripen planes will be based in Sardinia. Five more are due to leave for the mission today. There were also plans by the West to arm rebels.
Britain will help over 10,000 displaced Libyans by flying out 2,100 tents for shelters.