Ayesha Gaddafi : biography
Ayesha Gaddafi (or Aisha, , born in 1976) is a former Libyan mediator and military official, former UN Goodwill Ambassador, and lawyer by profession. She is the fifth child of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi by his second wife Safia Farkash.
She trained with the Libyan military, earning the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; however, according to Libyan civilians, Gaddafi did not merit such a high rank and was afforded that honor solely because she is Gaddafi's daughter.
Libyan civil war
She was placed under a travel ban on 26 February 2011, under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1970.
Gaddafi sued NATO over the bombing of a building in Gaddafi's compound that killed her brother, Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, and her own infant daughter among the three grandchildren of her father's who were killed. She claims the attack was illegal, as it was a civilian building. Gaddafi's lawyers filed the petitions in Brussels and Paris in June 2011.
However, on 27 July it was reported that Belgian prosecutors declined to investigate the war crimes complaint filed by Gaddafi against NATO, saying that the requirement of their country's universal competence law for establishment of a connection between a defendant and Belgium, is not satisfied in this case.
Battle of Tripoli
As the Battle for Tripoli reached a climax in mid-August, the Gaddafi family were forced to abandon their fortified compound. On 22 August, Libyan rebels captured her house in the Battle of Tripoli. Among her possessions was a huge golden sofa shaped like a mermaid, with the face of Ayesha designed by an Egyptian artist. Also found were large quantities of liquor bottles in spite of the fact her father had decreed that Libyan citizens are not allowed to own or drink alcohol.
Flight to Algeria
On 27 August, it was reported by the Egyptian news agency Mena that Libyan rebel fighters had seen six armoured Mercedes-Benz sedans, possibly carrying top Gaddafi regime figures, cross the border at the south-western Libyan town of Ghadames towards Algeria, which at the time was denied by the Algerian authorities. On 29 August, the Algerian government officially announced that Safia Farkash together with Ayesha and her brothers Muhammad and Hannibal, had crossed into Algeria early on 29 August. An Algerian Foreign Ministry official said all the people in the convoy were now in Algiers, and that none of them had been named in warrants issued by the International Criminal Court for possible war crimes charges. Mourad Benmehidi, the Algerian permanent representative to the United Nations, later confirmed the details of the statement. The family had arrived at a Sahara desert entry point, in a Mercedes and a bus at 8:45 a.m. local time. The exact number of people in the party was unconfirmed, but there were “many children” and they did not include Colonel Gaddafi. The group was allowed in on humanitarian grounds, because Ayesha was pregnant and near her term. The Algerian government had since informed the head of the National Transitional Council. Libya's rebels said sheltering Gaddafi family members was an act of aggression, and called for their extradition.
On 30 August 2011 it was announced that Ayesha had given birth to a baby girl in the town of Djanet. They are now reportedly being confined by the Algerian government to a villa in Staoueli near Algiers, and are being cut off from outside communications.
In 2000 after sanctions were imposed on Iraq, she arrived in Baghdad with a delegation of 69 officials. Shortly before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, she met with Saddam Hussein. In 2011, she strongly protested the policies of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama, calling for a mediation of the Libyan civil war through an international organization which would exclude them.
Ayesha has served as a mediator on behalf of the government with European Union corporations.
UN Goodwill Ambassador
Ayesha Gaddafi was appointed as the United Nations Development Program National Goodwill Ambassador for Libya on 24 July 2009, primarily to address the issues of HIV/AIDS, poverty and women's rights in Libya, all of which are culturally sensitive topics in the country. In February 2011 the United Nations stripped Ayesha of her role as a goodwill ambassador.
In July 2004 she joined the legal defense team of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
Gaddafi is also the head of the charity Wa Attassimou, which defended Muntadhar al-Zaidi when he faced charges stemming from the shoe-hurling incident.
Ayesha was dubbed in the Arab press as the "Claudia Schiffer of North Africa," because of her dyed hair. In 2006 she married Ahmed al-Gaddafi al-Qahsi, a cousin of her father's and an army colonel. Her husband was reportedly killed in the 26 July bombing of Gaddafi’s compound. They had three children prior to the fall of the regime, two of whom were allegedly killed along with their father during the bombing by the French Air Force. Algerian authorities confirmed that she gave birth to her fourth child, a baby girl, on 30 August 2011, shortly after arriving there after fleeing Libya with other members of the Gaddafi family.
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