Cannes network affair: Gaddafi's son involved


by Vanessa Charles


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According to several sources, Hannibal Kadhafi, one of the sons of Libyan head of state Muammar Kadhafi, is involved in a call-girl ring dismantled two weeks ago on the Côte d'Azur. Hannibal Gaddafi, renowned for his repeated escapades, is due to be heard again by the French courts.

The affair of Gaddafi's son

The investigation into the recently dismantled call-girl network on the Côte d'Azur has just undergone a new development that adds spice to the case. According to corroborating sources, Marseilles examining magistrate Dominique Voglimacci-Stephanopoli sent a letter rogatory to the DCPJ (Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciaire) at the beginning of the week, requesting that several alleged clients of the luxury prostitutes be heard as witnesses. The men named include a close associate of a Gulf emir, as well as Hannibal Kadhafi, one of the sons of Libyan head of state Muammar al-Kadhafi.

Hannibal, aged 31, is said to have been named by call-girls, but also by one of the men of Elie Nahas, the alleged head of the pimping ring, who was remanded in custody for a fortnight. Gaddafi's son is said to have met the young women during the Cannes Film Festival, on a yacht and in a nearby house. He faces no legal risk, as clients of adult prostitutes are not liable to prosecution (except in cases of violence).

Sulphurous Hannibal Gaddafi

The investigation, carried out jointly by the Nice Judicial Police, has so far led to seven people being charged with pimping and money laundering. The leading figure, Lebanese businessman Elie Nahas, is suspected of running a highly lucrative call-girl network behind a modeling company with branches in Italy, Venezuela and Dubai.

Hannibal Kadhafi, for his part, has already had dealings with French police officers. In September 2004, after he ran several red lights at the wheel of a sports car in the Champs-Elysées district, one of his bodyguards who had fought with police officers was convicted. And in May 2005, Hannibal Gaddafi was given a four-month suspended prison sentence by the Paris Criminal Court for "... a criminal offense against a French citizen".intentional violence against vulnerable persons"and "arms possession". Three months earlier, he had provoked several incidents in two Parisian palaces, including displaying a revolver and beating his pregnant girlfriend.

Vanessa Charles

A (very) close friend of Cupid and a true lover of relationships of all kinds, I am the main editor of Give Me Date. I answer your questions about couples, sexuality and dating and I test dating sites to give you a subjective opinion on how to find love or meet new people.

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