Colonel Gaddafi’s daughter-in-law ‘drove her 4×4 into police and pedestrians in road rage attack after she was pulled over for a traffic violation’ in Syria
- Aline Skaf is suspected of ramming her car into three cops and two pedestrians
- She is wanted by Syrian security agents over the alleged crash, Arab media says
- Former model is the wife of Hannibal Gaddafi, the fifth son of the late dictator
The daughter-in-law of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is suspected of ramming her car into police and pedestrians in a road rage attack in Damascus.
Arab media reported that Aline Skaf is wanted by Syrian security agents after witnesses described a 4×4 running into crowds in the country’s capital.
The former model is said to have flown into a rage after being pulled over by a police patrol, crashing into three policemen and two civilians before being stopped – with reports of weapons being fired from another vehicle that was escorting her car.
Anger grew further on social media after rumours that she had been spirited away by a sympathetic Syrian official who saved her from being arrested.
But Damascus security forces are now said to have issued an order for her arrest, according to UK-based paper Asharq al-Awsat.
Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife Aline Skaf, who is suspected of running her 4×4 into police and pedestrians in the Syrian capital Damascus
Pictures circulated on Arab social media showing the aftermath of the alleged collision in Damascus, with Syrian security forces now said to be seeking her arrest
Skaf is the wife of Hannibal Gaddafi, and opposition activists in Syria claim that she enjoys a privileged status in the country.
‘No one cares for the innocent victims, all that matters is that Gaddafi’s daughter-in-law remains happy that there is someone to support her,’ one resident said.
Hannibal, 45, is the former dictator’s fifth son and was among the Libyan regime figures sanctioned by the US in the final months of the Gaddafi dictatorship.
In 2008, he was briefly arrested by Swiss authorities in Geneva on charges of mistreating two domestic servants.
The charges were soon dropped in an out-of-court settlement, but Libya reacted angrily by cutting oil supplies and withdrawing $5billion from Swiss banks.
Two Swiss businessmen working in Libya were also arrested, one of whom later received a visit from Hannibal in prison.
Hannibal also sued the Geneva authorities over a police photograph following his arrest that was published on the front page of a Swiss newspaper.
In 2009, police were called to a top London hotel over claims that Hannibal had attacked his wife in a luxury suite on Christmas Day.
Three of Hannibal’s security staff were arrested at the scene for obstructing police officers, according to reports at the time.
But Hannibal able to slip away in an embassy car after calling the Libyan ambassador, who informed officers that he had diplomatic immunity.
The aftermath in Damascus after the former model is said to have flown into a rage after being pulled over by a police patrol, crashing into three policemen and two civilians
These pictures of Hannibal Gaddafi and Aline Skaf were discovered in a villa after the Gaddafi regime fell from power
Hannibal is the fifth son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, pictured, who fell from power in 2011 and was killed by opposition fighters later that year
When his father’s regime collapsed in 2011, Hannibal fled to Algeria, before later moving on to Oman where he was granted asylum.
Muammar Gaddafi was killed two months later after being captured in his hometown of Sirte while it was overrun by anti-government fighters.
Another son, Mutassim Gaddafi, was killed in the same bloody encounter, having led the doomed military defence of Sirte.
In 2015, Hannibal was arrested in Lebanon in a case relating to a cleric’s 1978 disappearance.
His arrest came just days after he had briefly been kidnapped by an armed group in the country who were apparently loyal to the missing cleric.
A report last year said that Hannibal was still in Lebanese detention for allegedly concealing information about the case.
The late colonel had several other sons and one biological daughter, Aisha, who was also given asylum in Oman despite being wanted by Interpol.
The eldest Gaddafi child, Mohammed Gaddafi, also fled to Oman, while two other sons, Khamis and Saif al-Arab, were both killed in the 2011 civil war.
Another son, Saadi, had an obscure career in Italian football before fleeing to Niger during the war, only to be extradited back to Libya in 2014.
In 2018 he was cleared of murdering a fellow footballer, but still faced other charges and was still thought to be in custody in Tripoli last year.
Meanwhile Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was once regarded as his father’s heir apparent, is thought to be lying low in Libya after being freed in 2017.
Saif was once hailed as a reformer who had helped bring about Libya’s 2000s reconciliation with the West. But during the war he came under an International Criminal Court arrest warrant for alleged murder and persecution of civilians.
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