Saturday, 13 August 2011

Dental records for Hana Gaddafi reopen mystery of Libyan leader's daughter

[This is the headline over a report in today's edition of The Daily Telegraph. It reads in part:]

Files stored in a basement room in one of London's most expensive districts could shed new light on one of the greatest mysteries of Muammar Gaddafi's Libya: the alleged death of his baby daughter.

The documents were found in the Libyan Embassy in Knightsbridge this week after rebels fighting to end Gaddafi's reign formally took possession of the "People's Bureau". They disclose a London dentist's work for the Gaddafi regime, reopening the mystery of the daughter the Libyan leader claims was killed in a US bombing raid.

The Daily Telegraph has seen the papers. They show that in 2008 Libyan officials in London arranged for the dentist, Stephen Hopson, to fly to Tripoli to treat a patient called "Hana Ghadafi".

Hana was the name of the baby daughter that Gaddafi claimed was killed in the US air strike on Tripoli in 1986. The attack is said to have led the dictator to order terrorist reprisals, including the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

Hana Gaddafi's death has never been verified, and many Libyans believe she actually survived the 1986 attack and still lives in Tripoli. (...)

Asked about Miss Gaddafi and the Libyan trip, Mr Hopson said he was "neither admitting or denying" anything. He said he could not give any details about his patient.

"There's an element of patient confidentiality and if you were a patient, you wouldn't want me revealing anything about any care that you had received and that's why I can make no comment about any of this" he said.

Asked if his patient was Col Gaddafi's daughter, Mr Hopson said: "It's possible perhaps there could be a second Hana Gaddafi. It's not beyond the realms of possibility."

This week, Die Welt, a German newspaper, reported that Gaddafi's daughter is alive and well and living in Tripoli. (...)

A Libyan government official on Friday night claimed that Hana is a second adopted daughter taken on by Col Gaddafi after the first one was killed in the 1986 bombing.

"This not an important issue when we have children dead and Nato bombing civilians in our country," a Tripoli official said. "The Daily Telegraph should concentrate on these important issues."


  1. On Thursday, The Daily Telegraph reported:

    "Leaked Swiss government documents suggested Col Gaddafi's adopted daughter Hana was not killed in the 1986 American bombing of Tripoli by listing her as an account holder with one of its banks when it froze family accounts in its banks in February.

    "A caption for a photograph taken in 1999 claims Col Gaddafi's wife Safia met former South African president Nelson Mandela with daughters Aisha and Hana."

    Why didn't The Daily Telegraph publish this photograph?

    This appears to be a "silly season" issue meant to detract us from NATO's illegal bombing of Libya.

    I think that Aisha Gaddafi - on behalf of her relatives and the hundreds of other innocent Libyan victims - should now file a war crimes lawsuit in Brussels against Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, UK and US: the six NATO countries that persist in wilfully and illegally bombing Libya in contravention of UN Security Council Resolution 1973.

  2. Never use the Telegraph to line the bottom of your bird's cage. There is a chance your pet may get a communicable disease from the poop that is already inside that newspaper.