Ayesha Gaddafi was educated at the Paris Diderot University, and she studied law at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. She trained with the Libyan military, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. Writes Anita Mathur
Her name is Ayesha Gaddafi (also spelled as Aisha Gaddafi or Aicha Kadhafi), daughter of former Libyan leader Muammar al Gaddafi. The 45-year-old western-educated lawyer is also known for her involvement into humanitarian activities.
Ayesha Gaddafi has been always an outspoken individual. Following Iraq war, she came out in support of Saddam Hussein saying: “When you have an occupying army coming from abroad, raping your women and killing your own people, it is only legitimate that you fight them”.
Now after many years, Libyans are feeling devastated at the ongoing turmoil, which include militancy, terrorism, lawlessness and acute financial crisis. For these reasons, they are looking for Gaddafi family to return to Libya and lead the nation towards peace and prosperity. Although international media has been projecting Saif al Gaddafi as the potential candidate for the upcoming presidential election, many people in Libya see Ayesha Gaddafi as their new leader, because, she has more experience in running a country, with capabilities of dealing with the international community. They say, Ayesha Gaddafi has the potentials of salvaging Libyans from the present catastrophe. Moreover, she also is seen as a symbol of courage and determination, which essential for taking drastic initiatives in transforming a troubled Libya into a country of prospect.
Ayesha Gaddafi was educated at the Paris Diderot University, and she studied law at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. She trained with the Libyan military, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel.
In 2000 after sanctions were imposed on Iraq, she arrived in Baghdad with a delegation of 69 officials. Shortly before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, she met with Saddam Hussein.
In 2000, Ayesha gave a speech at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, London in support of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, when questioned about her support for the IRA in 2010 she stated “I have always been a supporter of all liberation movements. Britain is Britain and Ireland is Ireland”. She also supported the Iraqi insurgents, stating “When you have an occupying army coming from abroad, raping your women and killing your own people, it is only legitimate that you fight them”.
In 2011, she strongly denounced the policies of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US President Barack Obama, calling for a mediation of the Libyan Civil War through an international organization which would exclude them. After many years, it is now proved that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had played foul in Libya, which is the key reason behind the current sufferings of the Libyan people. Meaning, Ayesha Gaddafi’s understanding of Libyan issues is extremely matured.
Ms. Ayesha has served as a mediator on behalf of the government with European Union corporations.
Ayesha Gaddafi was appointed as the United Nations Development Program National Goodwill Ambassador for Libya on 24 July 2009, primarily to address the issues of HIV/AIDS, poverty and women’s rights in Libya, all of which are culturally sensitive topics in the country.
She sued NATO over the bombing of a building in her father’s compound which she alleged killed her brother, Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, and her own infant daughter. She claimed that the attack was illegal because it targeted civilian buildings. Gaddafi’s lawyers filed the petitions in Brussels and Paris in June 2011. However, on 27 July 2011, it was reported that Belgian prosecutors had declined to investigate the war crimes complaint filed by Ayesha Gaddafi against NATO, stating that the courts of Belgium lacked jurisdiction to deal with the matter.
On June 3, 2012, through her lawyer Nick Kaufman, Ayesha Gaddafi also petitioned the judges of the International Criminal Court requesting that they order the Prosecutor – Fatou Bensouda to disclose what steps she had taken to investigate the murder of her father and brother Mutassim Gaddafi. This application was opposed by the Prosecutor who stated that requiring her to disclose the requested information would intrude on prosecutorial independence and discretion and potentially impede the investigation itself.
In October 2012 Ayesha, along with two of her brothers and other family members, left Algeria to go to Oman, where they were granted political asylum.
In April 2021, the EU court ruled on removing Aisha Gaddafi from the European blacklist. According to the court, she no longer represented a threat to peace and security in the region.
While Ayesha Gaddafi is living in the Sultanate of Oman since 2012, Libyans are looking for her return and joining politics and salvage the nation from extreme uncertainly and sufferings.
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