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The Network of… Colonel Muammar Gaddafi

The Network of… Colonel Muammar Gaddafi

Known as Mad-Dog Gaddafi to some, the Libyan leader has developed a colourful network of contacts through his forty years of rule. Kipp takes a look at some of them.

March 2, 2011 5:13 by

Gaddafi’s connection to the Balkan region has been both long and intimate. In fact Sofija Farkas, Gaddafi’s second wife and mother of Saif al-Islam, is a Bosnian Croat from Mostar. Enjoying not only a good business relationship with the Eastern European states, Gaddafi’s strong support for some of the region’s leaders has come under serious scrutiny. For instance, Gaddafi was a staunch supporter of Serbian Slobodan Milosevic and supported Orthodox Serbs against Bosnia’s and Kosovo’s Muslims. Milosevic, who served as the President of Socialist Republic of Serbia and Republic of Serbia from 1989 until 1997 and as President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1997 to 2000, was sent to The Hague on charges of war crimes, but died before his trial ended.

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