Gaddafi’s playboy son attacked model wife in £4,000 Claridge’s suite

Update July 12, 2010: See 2010-07-12: Sujet: Incorrect and defamatory article about our client. See also: Comment (July 13, 2010): Dear Sirs, sorry, but this article, written by Rebecca Camber, Tamara Cohen and Neil Sears, is a copy from Mail online, December 30, 2009, last updated 10th February 2010, and today can still be read on this newspaper’s website.

Published on The Daily, by Rebecca Camber, Tamara Cohen and Neil Sears, last updated at 9:29 AM on 30th December 2009.

The playboy son of Colonel Gaddafi was at the centre of a police inquiry last night over claims he attacked his wife in a top London hotel on Christmas Day. Moutassim Gaddafi – known as Hannibal – was staying with his wife, the model Aline Skaf, 29, and their children in a luxury suite at Claridge’s when the fight broke out.

Police were called to the family’s £4,000-a-night suite at 1.30am after hotel staff heard a woman’s screams for help. But when officers arrived they found the Libyan despot’s 33-year-old son locked in the room with his wife – with his bodyguards blocking their way. Three of the security staff were arrested at the scene for obstructing police officers. Mr Gaddafi, however, was able to slip away after calling the Libyan ambassador, who informed officers that he had diplomatic immunity … //

… In July last year, Swiss police arrested him and his wife, then heavily pregnant, for apparently beating up their servants in a Geneva hotel. The couple were charged after staff at the President Wilson Hotel – where the Gaddafis were staying as Miss Skaf prepared to give birth in a Geneva hospital – claimed they were beaten with a belt and a clothes hanger. Two of Hannibal’s bodyguards were also held after they clashed with police making the arrest. The couple, who denied wrongdoing, were later released on bail and the complaint was dropped after the two servants received compensation from an undisclosed source. But the incident led to a long-running diplomatic stand-off, with Libya stopping oil exports to Switzerland, boycotting Swiss imports, cutting flights between the two countries and refusing visas to Swiss citizens.

The playboy, who was educated at Copenhagen Business School, has also had run-ins with the authorities in France. Hannibal was arrested in 2005 at a Paris hotel for punching Miss Skaf, then his girlfriend, who was eight months pregnant. He allegedly beat her after she refused to let him into a room at the Grand Hotel. Police were called when he brandished a handgun. Mr Gaddafi then moved to another hotel where he went on the rampage, smashing furniture in a £500-a-night suite. He was later given a four-month suspended prison sentence and a £350 fine for the assault.

A year earlier, he was involved in a high-speed police chase, driving along the Champs Elysees at 90mph in his black Porsche. When stopped by police, his bodyguards attacked the officers. No charges were brought after Libyan diplomats apologised.

In 2003 he was involved in a brawl in Rome that left six photographers hospitalised and he also caused mayhem while on holiday there in 2001, hurling bottles and attacking three policemen after a night downing cocktails. Colonel Gaddafi, who has seven sons and one daughter, is said to despair of Hannibal’s wayward behaviour, which is a far cry from that of his oldest son by his second marriage, Saif al-Islam, who is favourite to succeed him.

Suave and urbane, Saif, 37, was educated at the London School of Economics and counts Prince Andrew among his friends. Although he too has attracted controversy after being heavily involved in the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al Megrahi, whom he accompanied home to a hero’s welcome in August.

The Libyan Embassy last night declined to comment on the alleged incident at Claridge’s. (full text).

Links for same story in french and german:

  • Hannibal Kadhafi aurait agressé sa femme à Londres, publié sur 24 heures, le 30 décembre 2009. Descente de police aux premières heures du jour de Noël au Claridge’s, un hôtel huppé de Londres: de nombreux policiers armés auraient investi une suite à 4000 livres la nuit et se seraient heurtés à trois gardes du corps protégeant un appartement d’où l’on entendait des appels au secours d’une femme. Or les clients occupant la suite n’étaient autre qu’Hannibal Kadhafi, 33 ans, le fils du président lybien bien connu à Genève, et son épouse Aline Skaf, 29 ans …
  • Gaddafi-Sohn soll zugeschlagen haben, 30.12.2009;
  • Hannibal Kadhafi porte plainte contre le canton de Genève et un journal, 22 décembre 2009;
  • Kadhafi son launches lawsuit in Swiss court, AFP, Dec 22, 2009: GENEVA. Hannibal Kadhafi, the son of the Libyan leader, is suing the Swiss canton of Geneva and a local newspaper over the publication of police mugshots taken when he was arrested in Switzerland, a local court said Tuesday …

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