Evidence suggests daughter did not die in 1986 bombing as claimed

Fri, Aug 26, 2011, 01:00

Some of the rebels sifting through the room’s contents shouted excitedly: “It’s Hana, it’s Hana, the daughter Gadafy lied about. This was her room.”

I found an examination paper from a Libyan university medical faculty which was signed “Hana Muammar Gadafy” in Arabic. A photograph showed a woman who seemed to be Hana with a group of people, including Col Gadafy’s blood daughter Aisha.

A British Council certificate, dated July 19th, 2007, showed that a Hana Muammar Gadafy had completed an English language course at its Libyan centre, achieving an A grade.

A small envelope marked “Miss Hana Muammar, Room 510” contained undated notes from Mohamad Azwai, who referred to himself as Libya’s ambassador to the UK, and his wife, wishing Hana a pleasant stay in London.

A postcard sent from a woman named Katia in Rome was addressed only to Room No 140, Hotel President Wilson, Geneva.

In February, the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag obtained a copy of a document related to the freezing of Muammar Gadafy’s assets in Switzerland after Libya’s uprising began. The document listed 23 members of the Gadafy clan. The seventh name on the list is Hana Gadafy. A Swiss government spokesperson told Welt am Sonntag: “There are reasons why the name is on the list, which we are not revealing publicly.”

Hana’s date of birth is listed as November 11th, 1985, which would have made her six months old at the time of the US air strike, which was carried out shortly after the Berlin bombing in which three people, including two American soldiers, were killed.

The newspaper reported that Hana was a doctor working for the country’s health ministry. Libyan exiles said she was a powerful figure in the Libyan medical profession, who had used her status to hinder the promotions of colleagues.

“Several hospitals were under her guidance,” the newspaper said. “No one could make a career within the ministry of health, without her consent.” It reported that she was said to speak fluent English and that she had travelled frequently to London on shopping trips.

In 1999, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported that “Gadafy’s wife, Safia Farkash al-Barassi, and Gadafy’s daughters Aisha and Hana” had had lunch with then South African president Nelson Mandela. Photographs showed a young girl with Mrs Gadafy and Aisha.

It now seems almost certain that Hana Muammar Gadafy did not die in the 1986 bombing of the Gadafy compound, but her current whereabouts, like those of her adoptive father, mother and siblings, remain a mystery.