Gaddafi's Son buys a
house in North London for £10 million
Gaddafis to settle in Hampstead
30 April 2009
THE Gaddafi family has decided to
lay roots in north London, with one of the Libyan leader's sons taking up
residence in Hampstead Garden Suburb.
One of the seven sons of Colonel
Muammar Gaddafi has bought a home in the Suburb with a credit
crunch-defying price tag of £10million.
Neighbours will prepare for Gaddafi
family gatherings in the exclusive area, home to household names including
Jonathan Ross and Richard and Judy.
The mansion's street is described as
a "quiet enclave" and the brochure says it is an "elegantly proportioned
home [which] features every state-of-the-art facility including a central
computer which controls the lighting, air conditioning, audiovisual
equipment and all other major functions of the property.
"To complement the well-balanced and
beautifully finished accommodation the garden level provides the ultimate
in leisure facilities including a spectacular Bisazza-tiled swimming pool
complex and featuring a large Jacuzzi. Additionally, there is a cinema
room, acoustically lined in padded suede with the latest projector screen
Images from the property show large
luxurious rooms fit for a dictator or the "King of Kings" as Gaddafi
recently described himself.
And it should prove big enough for
even Gaddafi's large brood with "7/8 luxurious bedroom suites" and huge
Sources close to the deal revealed
the sale went through days ago but would not say which of the leader's
sons is making it his home.
The options vary from a
London-linked charity leader, a former Serie A football player or a
national security adviser, who was previously reported to have tried to
organise a coup against his father.
Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, 36,
Gaddafi's second eldest son and a London School of Economics graduate is a
likely candidate, given his links to the capital. He runs a charity which
has helped to negotiate the release of hostages taken by Islamic militants
and has announced he wants to live outside of Libya to avoid a role in
politics and to focus on setting up a research centre.
It could, however, become a London
base for former footballer Saadi Gaddafi or adviser Mutasim-Billah
Gaddafi's other sons include the
eldest, Muhammad Gaddafi, who runs the Libyan Olympic Committee, and
Hannibal Gaddafi, who previously caused a diplomatic row between
Switzerland and Libya when he was arrested after claims he was maltreating
domestic staff there.
He was released on bail and is now
said to be suing the country for being held for two days over the charges.
Younger sons are Saif Al Arab and
Khamis Gaddafi, a policeman in Libya.
Neighbours said whichever Gaddafi
comes to stay will simply add to the eclectic mix of Suburb life.
One said: "I think this shows the
rich variety of life on the Suburb. All different types of people come and
live here and it is very good.
"He will be living around the corner
from Gerald Ronson and not far from the Sultan of Brunei."
The company that designed the house,
Tuscany Development Limited, bought it for £2,250,000 in April 2005.
Glentree, named as agents on the
brochure refused to comment on the sale.
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