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Saturday, July 30, 2016
Three Libyan migrants who DID get into UK: Gaddafi henchmen found with £6bn laundered cash
A RING of Colonel Gaddafi’s former henchmen have been found living the high life in the UK after allegedly fleeing from Libya with millions of pounds after the dictator’s removal from power.
GETTY Colonel Gaddafi was ousted and killed in a NATO attack in 2011
General Ahmed Mahmoud Azwai, who was in charge of Gaddafi's missile stockpile, Brigadier Guima Elmaarfi - an army commander - and another unnamed military man were all found in Britain.
It is said the trio have been given permission to stay in the country - despite being accused of laundering money through British banks.
Azwai was found living in a wealthy part of Surrey, while Elmaarfi - who is suspected of escaping the country with a fortune of at least £14million after the fall of the dictator - was discovered living in a large house in south west London.
His son, who fled with him to Britain, was jailed two years ago for stabbing a teenager with a kitchen knife and carving his initial into the abdomen of a man who had been beaten unconscious.
A third man has also been tracked down, but a High Court gagging order prevents him from being named for legal reasons.
Libyan investigators claim the three former officials are among scores of regime figures suspected of hiding stolen assets worth a total of £5.81billion ($7.62bn) in the UK.
They say the British authorities have done nothing to help them investigate, instead allowing all three men to settle in Britain, and granting Elmaarfi and Azwai - who deny the allegations - political asylum.
In 2012, the Libyan Transitional Government wrote to Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency asking for assistance in recovering money allegedly "obtained through corrupt or illegal means" by 240 former regime figures, which indulged the three men.
BUZZFEED Brigadier Guima Elmaarfi escaped Libya with an alleged £14million of state money
GETTY The three men are believed to have been former supporters of Gaddafi
The letter also warned some of the money had been hidden in the UK.
Now questions have been raised about the Government's repeated promises to get tough on money laundering, with David Cameron pledging to "send a clear message to the corrupt that there is no home for them here".
An National Crime Agency spokesman said: "The NCA works with UK and viable international partners to prevent corrupt individuals from successfully hiding illegally-acquired assets in the UK.
"We do not routinely confirm or deny specific operational activity, nor discuss the details of engagement with partners. However, this engagement is clearly going to be more difficult in areas of conflict or political instability."
Gaddafi's regime collapsed in October 2011 when he was hunted down and killed trying to flee the country.
Since NATO's intervention, Libya has descended into chaos with an economy in deep recession and oil revenues tumbling.
Three rival government factions are still struggling for control of a nation gripped by war.