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HARARE - A man claim­ing to be slain Libyan leader Muam­mar Gaddafi’s son has been lan­guish­ing at Harare Re­mand Prison since 2014 when he came to the coun­try as an asy­lum seeker, NewZim­ has es­tab­lished.

The man says he came to Zim­babwe to seek po­lit­i­cal asy­lum and ex­pected to be put in a refugee camp, but lo­cal au­thor­i­ties de­tained him at the Harare prison in­stead.

He has re­mained there since; with­out any trial and or charges be­ing lev­elled against him.

Ab­dallha Moussa Mone Yousof Mouam­mare Al Gaddafi, 32, who claims to be the late Libyan leader’s adopted son, is now chal­leng­ing his con­tin­ued de­ten­tion through the courts.

Tak­ing up the case is Harare lawyer Charles Warara who fa­mously led the pri­vate prose­cu­tion and con­vic­tion for rape of for­mer Zanu PF leg­is­la­tor and one-time top RBZ ex­ec­u­tive Mun­yaradzi Kereke.


In an in­ter­view with NewZim­ this Wed­nes­day, Warara said he was asked to take the case up by High Court.

“In­struc­tions came to me through the Crim­i­nal Registry of­fice in the High Court for his rep­re­sen­ta­tion,” said Warara.

“What I ba­si­cally found out was that there is a per­son who says he is an adopted son of the late Muam­mar Gaddafi and he con­firmed to me that it is a fact he is the adopted son of the late pres­i­dent.”

Libya has been rav­aged by civil war since strong­man Gaddaffi was top­pled and assassinated in 2011.

Gaddaffi was close to for­mer Zim­bab­wean pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe, and it was that con­nec­tion which re­sulted in the son seek­ing pro­tec­tion through po­lit­i­cal asy­lum in Harare.

“He said he came to Zim­babwe to seek asy­lum since his father had a re­la­tion­ship with for­mer pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe,” ex­plained Warara.

“(How­ever) things did not go ac­cord­ing to plans af­ter he al­legedly went to a Mosque in Harare and some un­known peo­ple took his doc­u­ments and be­long­ings in­clud­ing some cash.”

Warara con­tin­ued; “As it stands, I am try­ing to es­tab­lish what tran­spired with of­fi­cials in gov­ern­ment. The man has no doc­u­men­ta­tion at all.

“We do not know what the of­fi­cials are say­ing as yet be­cause I have not ap­proached them.

“We want to know if his de­ten­tion has any­thing to do with any crime. No one knows why prison of­fi­cials have kept him for so long ei­ther.


“At one point he was once de­ported to Ethiopia in 2015, but he was brought back by Ethiopian Air­lines as Ad­dis Ababa would not take him.”

In pa­pers be­fore the courts, the Libyan said his con­tin­ued de­ten­tion was now “amount­ing to a sen­tence served with­out an of­fence com­mit­ted” and urged the court to or­der his “im­me­di­ate re­lease un­con­di­tion­ally”.

Warara vowed to un­ravel the truth be­hind the Libyan’s plight. He ex­plained; “I will do in­ves­ti­ga­tions on who did what and why be­tween the gov­ern­ment de­part­ments?

“These in­clude the im­mi­gra­tion depart­ment, home af­fairs min­istry (po­lice) and the pros­e­cu­tor gen­eral’s of­fice to es­tab­lish what ex­actly is keep­ing him in­side.

“Ba­si­cally, it is about his hu­man rights; whether they have been vi­o­lated; if so, how can we get re­dress.”

THE LATE: Muam­mar Gaddafi.

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