Sunday, May 29, 2005

Gaddafi's Danish-residing son in trouble

Hannibal Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, received a four-month suspended prison sentence in a Paris court on Thursday, for battering his pregnant girlfriend and keeping illegal weapons. Hannibal Gaddafi, who is registered as student in Denmark, did not appear in court to hear his sentence, daily newspaper Politiken reported. Gaddafi, who is in his twenties and the Libyan president's youngest son, has been enrolled in a Masters degree program at the Copenhagen Business School since November 2003. He caused a diplomatic unease in February, when France issued an official protest over his behaviour to the Libyan government, after he got involved in brawls in two Parisian luxury hotels and pulled a gun. His pregnant girlfriend reported young Gaddafi to the police for hitting her, so that she was forced to seek medical assistance. She later withdrew her accusations. The French Foreign Ministry has decreed that Hannibal does not enjoy diplomatic immunity. He has run up a long police record in Europe, for speeding in Paris and attacking Roman police officers with a fire extinguisher. He is currently said to be living in Gentofte, a Copenhagen suburb.


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