Nicolas Sarkozy provides Mercedes Benz jeep for Muammar Gaddafi’s escape

// World | Nicolas Sarkozy provides Mercedes Benz jeep for Muammar Gaddafi’s escape
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

IT emerged on Monday, that the outsted Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, may have escaped being cap-tured by rebel forces in Tripoli in a state-of-the-art armoured Mercedes Benz 4X4 ML provided by French president,  Nicolas Sarkozy.

The revelation given by Mediapart, an investiga-tive news site, showed that the French president approved the sale of the £3.5 million Mercedes 4x4 to Gaddafi in 2008, then as the Interior Minister of France.

The vehicle was said to be filled with communi-cations systems capable of keeping Gaddafi in touch with his forces, through which it could also foil the kind of tracking systems used by the military as they tried to hunt him down.

Sarkozy’s role in Libya’s uprising, which started in March, had been criticised by Gaddafi’s allies, who blamed him for ordering French jets to start bombing Gaddafi’s forces.

Only last week, Sarkozy and British Prime Minister, David Cameron, paid a surprise visit to Libya’s interim government.

The investigative news site, Mediapart, claimed to have found documents proving that French technology firm, Amesys was allowed to provide Gaddafi with the command vehicle.

The revelation came on the day that pro-Gaddafi fighters fired anti-aircraft guns at revolutionary forces holding the northern gate of Bani Walid for a second day, as frustration with weeks of halting advances grew among the former rebel ranks.

Block-by-block fighting continued in Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte, with revolutionary forces claiming to have opened a second front in the east of the city.

Of Sarkozy’s armoured 4x4, Mediapart said “In 2007, the sale was approved by the then Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy and his chief of staff, Claude Gueant.

“The vehicle was eventually delivered in 2008, this time with the green light from the president.”

The site gave details of the armoured 4X4 Mercedes ML, equipped with a protection cage made by Faraday, which prevents all electronic fields from affecting the vehicle.

A military source in Paris said “Gaddafi has almost certainly used the vehicle to get away. It is a product of superb French engineering and an obvious means of escape.

“Gaddafi would be able to stay out of sight of military targeters and be extremely well protected if he met enemy forces on the ground.”

In a further disastrous revelation for Sarkozy, it emerged that the 4X4 was part of a £25 million-plus deal that also saw the French provide Libya with the means to conduct e-mail surveillance over their own people.

The deal was put together by the French-Lebanese arms dealer, Ziad Takieddine, which was at the centre of a party-funding scandal involving Sarkozy

Tagged : Damian Green, Bayelsa Plane Crash, Lottery Winner Poisoned To Death, TB Joshua Banned In Ghana, Mariah Carey, Mariah Carey In Nigeria, Egypt

Headlines Newsview all

Exposed! Diezani Alison-Madueke Laundered Looted Money - (Shocking Details)

The secret means through which ex petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke laundered looted funds has been revealed as she awaits her arraignment in a United Kingdom ... Full story

Sad! Woman Dies While Trying To Save Her Children From Electrocution (Photo)

Two people, a woman and another man have been electrocuted to death in the Ketu area during a rescue operation involving two children in danger.  Residents ... Full story

THROWBACK(1): Diezani Alison-Madueke In N2.2bn Bribery Scandal

The scam is breathtaking in its brazenness: in exchange for obtaining the authorisation to import gasoline, oil marketers are being instructed by an agency in ... Full story

Horrible! Dead Bodies From Abuja Bombing That Killed Many People (Graphic Images)

In this latest boko haram attack in Abuja, the bomb blast last night was worse than we thought when the news first broke! It’s horrific. ... Full story

Boko Haram Suicide Bombers That Blew Themselves Up In Abuja (Photos)

Boko Haram insurgents, who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, have reportedly claimed responsibility for the multiple suicide bomb blasts that happened in Abuja ... Full story

Shocker! Twitter User Who Predicted Abuja Bomb Blast Deletes Account (Image)

Social media users have fished out a Twitter user advocating for the Biafran nation who predicted the Abuja bomb blast before the occurrence.  A Twitter user, ... Full story

Nigerian Sentenced To 12 Years In Jail In Vietnam Over Internet Scam (Photo)

A Nigerian man, Oshanugo James Anyasi has bagged a lengthy jail term after being found guilty of financial crimes in Vietnam alongside other Nigerians who ... Full story

Wealthy Oil Baron Kola Aluko's Arrest Warrant Sent To Switzerland

According to insider reports,a warrant of arrest was on Monday sent to Switzerland where Wealthy Oil baron Kola Aluko is currently living as a citizen ... Full story

Diezani Gets Bail In UK, Passport Seized

After her release, her international passport was reportedly taken from her to prevent her possible flight from the UK. According to Sahara Reporters, Alison-Madueke is expected ... Full story

Diezani Alison-Madueke, Ex-Petroleum Minister Arrested In London

The immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was on Friday arrested in London, PREMIUM TIMES can exclusively and authoritatively report. The former minister, who ... Full story

King of Goals! Cristiano Ronaldo Receives Special Award As Real Madrid Pay Homage To the 500 Goal Hero (Photos)

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated becoming Real Madrid's top goalscorer of all time at a ceremony with his family and all his team-mates present to support his ... Full story

Comment on: Nicolas Sarkozy provides Mercedes Benz jeep for Muammar Gaddafi’s escape

Rate this article


Breaking News

Liverpool Contact Jurgen Klopp To Replace Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool have made contact with representatives of Jurgen Klopp as they look to replace sacked manager Brendan Rodgers. The former Borussia Dortmund coach is favourite to ... Full story

Subsidy On Petrol Falls To N576m Daily

Since the conscious effort of the Buhari administration to restructure the petroleum sector, there has been a continuous decline in the amount of money the ... Full story

US To Give Muhammadu Buhari $2.3bn To Eradicate Poverty In Nigeria

Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, disclosed in a statement on Sunday that the Federal Government has ... Full story

Super Eagles' Player Proposes To Girlfriend On The Pitch (Video)

Nigerian International, John Ogu went down on one knee on the pitch to propose to his girlfriend after his Israeli league team, Hapoel Beer Sheva ... Full story

Rita Dominic, Toke Makinwa, Chigozie Atunaya, Others Step Out In Style For AFFRIF (Photos)

After successfully holding four editions of the Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, the fifth edition would be holding between the 8th and 15th of November, ...

First Photos Of 2Face, Seyi Shay, Rotimi Amaechi, Others At #ComedyCentralLordsOfTheRibs

The Convention Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos is currently the place to be in Lagos as comedy superstar Basket mouth is hosting ...

LAX Continued His Europe Tour Last Night In Rotterdam (Photos)

The Star Boy and Caro singer serenaded the Europe crowd at The Empire Venue . The Tour DJ (DJ Ike was at his best as ...

Emeka Ike Goes Berserk With Over Marriage Crisis

A while ago, Splendor Magazine exclusively reported that Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike and his wife, Suzanne, were back together.It is no longer news that the ...

Pope expels gay priest from Vatican

The Vatican, on Saturday, fired a senior priest, Krzysztof Charamsa, who publicly came out as gay on the eve of a major meeting of church ...

We have clues on Boko Haram sponsors – Army

The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that no amount of distractions would deter it from ending terrorism in Nigeria by December.Theater Commander, Operation “Lafiya Dole,” ...