Britain: Plush Gaddafi home occupied

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Squatters have taken over a mansion in London owned by the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, AFP said on March 8.

The eight-bedroom house in Hampstead, north London, is owned by Seif al-Islam Gaddafi.

The article said: “Members of a campaign group called ‘Topple the Tyrants’ said they had occupied the mansion and wanted it transferred to the people of Libya.”

“The plush home, in a secluded, leafy close surrounded by some of Britain’s most expensive residential streets, boasts an indoor swimming pool, a sauna room and a cinema room.”

AFP reported Topple the Tyrants spokesperson Montgomery Jones said: “We do not trust the British government to return it to the people of Libya because they have a long history of helping the Gaddafi regime.

“When we found out one of the world’s most brutal dictators owned property in North London it seemed like an obvious thing to occupy it for the people of Libya.

“Our aim is to make sure that the assets stolen by [Gaddafi] are returned to the Libyan people and don’t disappear into the pockets of governments or corporations.

“We want to welcome refugees from the conflict in Libya and those fleeing tyranny and oppression across the world.”

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