Ayesha al-Gaddafi: Gadhafi's Daughter Denied Entry to Malta-Photo
Ayesha al-Gaddafi, Gadhafi's Daughter, Denied Entry to Malta
Malta has confirmed that it denied a plane carrying Aisha Gaddafi (also spelled Ayesha al-Gaddafi), Muammar Gaddafi's daughter, permission to land. Aisha Gaddafi is part of a family-based business network that is plugged in to Libya's energy and infrastructure sectors. Gaddafi's children apparently draw personal incomes from Libya's state-owned oil companies. (Ayesha al-Gaddafi photo)
Meanwhile, a Libyan Air Force jet has crashed near Benghazi after its pilots bailed out: they refused to carry out an order to bomb civilians involved in anti-government protests.
Army Revolting Against Gaddafi, Says Former Chief of Protocol
According to Nour Al-Masmari, former Chief of Protocol, Muammar Gaddafi is relying more and more on mercenaries, as the Libyan military is resisting orders to attack citizens. Nour Al-Masmari had resigned his post in the wake of the mounting violence against protesters.
Masmari said that Muammar Gaddafi's regime would crumble "within days".
Government sources say Muammar Gaddafi's daughter was on board the National Libyan Airlines plane that tried to land in Malta on Thursday, Al Jazeera's Cal Perrry reports from Valletta.
The Libyan leader’s daughter, Aisha Muammar Gaddafi, had close connections to the energy and construction sectors, alongside financial interests in St James, a private clinic in Tripoli, according to the cable.