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Khadafy’s children likely violated UN travel ban

UNITED NATIONS — A son and daughter of former Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy moved from Algeria to Oman in apparent violation of a UN travel ban, the committee monitoring UN sanctions against Libya said Tuesday.

Rwanda’s UN ambassador, Eugene Richard Gasana, who chairs the committee, told the Security Council that Algeria’s UN Mission confirmed on June 5 that Aisha and Mohammed Khadafy had relocated to Oman along with other family members.

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Aisha Khadafy, a lawyer in her mid-30s, and Mohammed Khadafy, in his early 40s, have been on the UN sanctions blacklist since early 2011, subject to an asset freeze and travel ban.

Both fled to Algeria after Khadafy was ousted later that year.

Gasana said the sanctions committee has directed its panel of experts to investigate their move to Oman, which was not authorized by the United Nations under its exemption procedures.

Britain’s UN ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, the current Security Council president, said an interim report next month is expected to address the issue of the two Khadafy children’s travels.

Libya’s foreign minister, Mohamed Abdelaziz, said in late March that Oman had granted asylum to Khadafy’s widow, Safiya, and other family members.

Aisha Khadafy helped in the defense of Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s toppled dictator, in the trial that led to his hanging.

Mohammed Khadafy is the only child of Khadafy and his first wife, Fatiha. He was Libya’s Olympic chief and was involved in the country’s telecommunications industry.

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