FRANCE 24 takes a look at who's who in Muammar Gaddafi's family.He has eight biological and two adopted children giving him eight sons in all.His adopted daughter Hannah was killed in the US bombing of the Gaddafi compound in 1986.
Muhammad Gaddafi: Muammar’s oldest son, Muhammad is the head of Libya’s Olympic committee and the General Post and Telecom Company, which owns and operates cell phone and satellite communications across the country.
Saïf al-Islam Gaddafi: Muammar’s second son, the 38-year-old is seen as the poster child for a more modern and moderate Libya. He left the country in 2006 after speaking out against his father’s regime, but came back to Libya, despite insisting that he was not seeking to succeed his father.
Saïf has a Western education with a doctorate from the London School of Economics. On February 20, Saïf appeared on TV to address the issue growing unrest in Libya. He promised reforms, but also blamed tribal divisions and Islamists for the uprising and warned of the civil war that could result.
Ayesha Gaddafi: Muammar’s daughter and a trained lawyer, Ayesha joined Saddam Hussein’s defence team in 2004.
Hannibal Gaddafi: He used to work in the oil industry, but lately Hannibal has had legal troubles. In 2005, he was accused of beating a pregnant girlfriend in Paris and three years later he was arrested for assaulting two of his servants in Geneva. Since the incident, Libya has boycotted Swiss products, banished Swiss companies, and pulled its diplomats out of Bern.
Date created : 2011-02-22