[What follows is from a report in today's edition of the Financial Times.]
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s charity and the vehicle he has used to raise his political profile has announced an abrupt end to its advocacy of human rights and political reform, in what could represent a big setback for the son and heir apparent of the Libyan leader. (...)
In a statement late on Wednesday, the Gaddafi foundation announced it would focus on the less controversial work of delivering aid and relief to disadvantaged people primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Saif’s role as chairman, moreover, would become honorary, with the board of trustees acting as the supreme governing authority. (...)
The Gaddafi foundation statement said the board of trustees had voiced concern that the charity’s lobbying for the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, from a Scottish jail, and the delivery of aid to the Gaza Strip, had “taken on political overtones” and left the organisation open to criticism from “supporters of Israel”.