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Abduction of the Libyan prime minister, Ali Zeidan


An armed group abducted Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, on October 10th 2013, at the Corinthia Hotel, where he was staying since he returned to his country.

A former diplomat, he had defected in the 80’s. Ali Zeidan founded the National Front Party, together with the current chief of state Mohammed Magariaf, on October 7th 1981 in Khartoum. The Party – in reality a facade for the Muslim Brotherhood – organized several political coup attempts (notably the one on May 8th 1984) financed by Saudi Arabia and the United States. In this way, the National Front Party killed many more Libyans than Muammar al-Gaddafi’s regime ever did in 41 years.

A refugee in Switzerland, Ali Zeidan was also one of the founders of the Libyan League for Human Rights. In 2011, this structure presented a falsified report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, accusing Muammar al-Gaddafi of having killed over 6 000 opponents. It’s on the basis of this false accusation the Human Right’s Counci seized the Security Counsel, which in turn gave NATO the mandate of establishing a no-fly zone over the country, in order to protect the civilian population from repression [1]. Thereafter, NATO overthrew the regime, Mohammed Magariaf became president and Ali Zeidan Prime Minister.

During the war against Libya, Ali Zeidan was one of the most influential members of the National Transitional Council (NTC), deemed by the belligerent states to represent the people of Libya. However, according to a document presented by the United States at the UN’s Sanctions Committee and revealed by Voltaire Network, the Council was secretly financed by the Libyan Information Exchange Mechanism (LIEM), an informal group with no legal personnality, established in Naples by the US alone  [2].

To recap, M. Zeidan is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was payed by the US to disinform the international community and help NATO overthrow Gaddafi’s regime.

His abduction seems to be Al-Qaeda’s response to that of Abu Anas al-Libi (born Nazih Abd al-Hamid al-Ruqhay) by the United-States  [3].

Alizée Ville

[1] Voltaire Network had interviewed the Secretary General of the Libyan Human Rights League in Geneva, Silman Bouchuigir, who had admitted to the manipulation in front of the cameras. This interview, produced by Julien Teil, was inserted in his film The humanitarian war in Libya.

[2] « Washington tried to snatch $ 1.5 billion to pay its NTC employees », by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, August 16th 2011.

[3] « The United-States abduct one of their ex-agents in Libya », Voltaire Network, October 8th 2013.

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