Dubai A French secret serviceman, acting on the express orders of Nicolas Sarkozy, shot dead Libya’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi and not a lynch mob of rebels as he lay trapped and cornered in a sewage pipe in his home town of Sirte.
The agent is said to have infiltrated a violent mob which had encircled the Libyan dictator on October 20 last year in a sewage pipe in his home town, and shot him in the head, the Daily Mail reported.
Quoting diplomatic sources in the Tripoli, the Mail said the motive apparently was to stop Gaddafi being interrogated about his highly suspicious links with Sarkozy, who was the president of France at that time.
Other former western leaders, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, were also extremely close to Gaddafi, visiting him regularly and helping to facilitate multi-million pounds business deals.
Sarkozy, who once welcomed Libyan dictator as a ‘brother leader’ during a state visit to Paris, was said to have received millions from Gaddafi to fund his election campaign in 2007.
The conspiracy theory will be of huge concern to Britain which sent RAF jet to bomb Libya last year with the sole intention of ‘saving civilian lives’.
Mahmoud Jibril, who served as interim Prime Minister following Gaddafi’s ouster, told Egyptian TV: ‘It was a foreign agent who mixed with the revolutionary brigades to kill Gaddafi.’
Diplomatic sources in Tripoli, meanwhile suggested to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra that a foreign assassin was likely to have been French. The paper writes: ‘Since the beginning of Nato support for the revolution, strongly backed by the government of Sarkozy, Gaddafi openly threatened to reveal details of his relationship with the former president of France, including the millions of dollars paid to finance his candidacy at the 2007 elections.’
One Tripoli source said: ‘Sarkozy had every reason to try to silence the Colonel and as quickly as possible.’
Rami Al Obaidi, the former head of foreign relations for the Libyan transitional council, said he knew that Gaddafi had been tracked through his satellite telecommunications system as he talked to Bashar Al Assad, the Syrian leader.
Nato experts were able to trace the communicatiosn traffic between the two, and so pinpoint Gaddafi to the city of Sirte.
In another sinister twist to the story, a 22-year-old who was among the group which attacked Gaddafi and who frequently brandished the gun said to have killed him, died in Paris on Monday.
Bin Omran Shaaban was said to have been beaten up himself by Gaddafi loyalists in July, before being shot twice. He was flown to France for treatment, but died of his injuries in hospital.
Sarkozy, who lost the presidential election in May, has continually denied receiving money from Gaddafi.