The Australian-born Ontarian bodyguard charged with protecting Saadi Gaddafi has divulged information regarding how Saadi was escorted into Niger by an international team of ex-special forces. He also revealed that Saadi would like to live in Canada.
Saadi Gaddafi, 38, third son of slain Libyan leader Col. Gaddafi, fled to Niger in early September where he was given leave to remain on humanitarian grounds by the authorities. Now his former bodyguard, Australian born Gary Peters who resides in Ontario, Canada, has revealed how Saadi was safely escorted to Niger.
Peters is president of Can/Aus Security & Investigations International Inc. According to the Telegraph he was part of a team comprising Australian, Russian, New Zealand and Iraqi ex-special forces that first helped the convoy comprising Gaddaf’s wife, daughter and sons Hannibal and Mohammed to escape to Algeria. Following their escape the team then escorted Saadi to Niger.
In a report by the National Post Peters outlines Saadi’s intended escape plans which included hopes to move to Mexico or Canada. Peters said Saadi “loves Canada, that’s why he keeps coming back here, every year. He’s got investments here, he’s got property here. He wants to [move to Canada], but I was warned by RCMP that if he comes here they’ll arrest him straight away, I don’t know why.”Peters was part of the team that escorted Saadi to Niger but he was wounded by gunmen as they crossed back into Libya. He stated that five of the attackers were killed. He returned to Canada but has plans to return to Libya. He provides an interesting insight into the Gaddafi family, describing the late Col. Gaddafi as “very intimidating” and “very hostile.” However he describes Saadi as a “very nice man, very educated, very nice guy.” He denies that Saadi was involved in the repression of demonstrators in Libya, saying “If he was a mass murderer then obviously I wouldn’t work for him. The man’s a gentleman, non-violent. They said that he’s the leader of a military unit. Bulls—, he’s not.”Despite reports that have emanated from Libya stating that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is short of the necessary funds to engineer an escape into Niger, Peters claims that brothers Saadi and Saif still have plenty of money on them, saying “they’ve still got that money. We just purchased, brand-new, three Land Rovers, bullet-proof. We paid cash for it. That means there’s money around.”Meanwhile Reuters reported that Saadi has learnt the details of his father’s death, along with the death of his brother Motassim. Saadi’s lawyer Nick Kaufman sent an email to Reuters which read: “Saadi Gaddafi is shocked and outraged by the vicious brutality which accompanied the murders of his father and brother. The contradictory statements issued by the NTC excusing these barbaric executions and the grotesque abuse of the corpses make it clear that no person affiliated with the former regime will receive a fair trial in Libya, nor will they receive justice for crimes committed against them.”