Moutassim Gaddafi, son of Libyan Leader Muammar al-Qaddafi (aka Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi) (shown left), claimed diplomatic immunity after English police came to his hotel room and discovered his wife — 29-year-old model Aline Skaf — with a broken nose after an alleged argument with Gaddafi, 33. The Libyan bodyguards were arrested after they refused to allow the police to enter the £4,000-a-night suite at Claridge’s in Mayfair at about 1.30am on Christmas Day. This was not part of the description of life for beautiful women recently given by his father, here, in Italy.
The police were ready to arrest Gaddafi when he called the Libyan ambassador, who informed him that he had diplomatic immunity (meaning that, even if he beat his wife in public, he could not be arrested). His security staff was also released without charge. His wife claimed at the police station to have fallen and broken her nose by accident.
Gaddafi’s son (known as Hannibal) is someone who gets the most out of immunity. The Swiss last year arrested him and his wife for allegedly mistreating servants in a Geneva hotel and he was arrested in 2005 at a Paris hotel for punching a woman. In the 2009 incident, he then moved to another hotel and was accused of smashing furniture. Remarkably, it was the furniture incident that lead to at least the appearance of punishment. He was given a four-month suspended prison sentence and a £350 fine for the assault.
After the 2009 incident, his father threw out Swiss diplomats and companies in retaliation for their treatment of his son. To the chagrin of many, the Swiss government then apologized to Gaddafi and his son, here.
Then there was a high-speed chase with French police along the Champs-élysées in his black Porsche in 2004 (where his bodyguards reportedly attacked a policeman) and in 2003 he was part of a melee that led to six photographers being sent to a hospital.
The son is the head of national security in Libya and is reportedly positioning himself to take over for his father though many in the West are hoping that another son (Saif al-Islam ) will be the successor, here.
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