GADDAFI DUCKS Did tyrant slip out of Libya in con­voy?

FOXY NIPS BACK TO COURT

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By BAR­NEY SA­MUELS

A CON­VOY of ar­moured trucks car­ry­ing sol­diers loyal to Colonel Gaddafi which crossed the Libyan bor­der into Niger could have been car­ry­ing the top­pled leader.

Astring of up to 250 ve­hi­cles filled with wellarmed Libyan troops crossed the desert bor­der be­fore head­ing for the fron­tier town of Agadez.

The con­voy was said to have been headed by Rissa ag Boula, who led a failed war of in­de­pen­dence against the Niger Gov­ern­ment a decade ago.

Rissa ag Boula then sought refuge in Libya and was thought to have fight­ing on be­half of Gaddafi. It was not im­me­di­ately clear if the con­voy in­cluded the for­mer Libyan dic­ta­tor, his family or other high­pro­file mem­bers of his regime.

The top­pled Libyan leader is known to have used bat­tal­ions of ag Boula Tuareg fighters who have long-stand­ing ties to Gaddafi. His is be­lieved to have fi­nanced the Tuareg re­bel­lion in Niger.

African na­tions where Tuaregs rep­re­sent a large part of the pop­u­la­tion, like Niger, have been the last to recog­nise the rebels that ousted Gaddafi.

He re­mains es­pe­cially pop­u­lar in towns like Agadez, where the ex-ruler is re­mem­bered for his gen­eros­ity and for his as­sis­tance to the Tuareg mi­nor­ity dur­ing their fight for in­de­pen­dence.

The Sa­hara desert mar­ket town is the largest city in north­ern Niger, with a pop­u­la­tion of around 90,000.

Ab­doulaye Harouna, the owner of the Agadez Info news­pa­per, who saw the con­voy ar­rive, said the pro-Gaddafi sol­diers ac­com­pa­ny­ing Boula were coming from the di­rec­tion of Ar­lit.

Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for more than 40 years, has been on the run since los­ing con­trol of the cap­i­tal, Tripoli, last month.

Strong­hold

The rebels say at least two of his sons had been in the town of Bani Walid, one of the last re­main­ing pro-Gaddafi strongholds, in re­cent days.

Moussa Ibrahim, Gaddafi's spokesman and one of his key aides, was still be­lieved to be in the town 90 miles south east of Tripoli, rebel of­fi­cials said.

Thou­sands of rebel fighters have sur­rounded Bani Walid, but have held back on a fi­nal as­sault in the hope of avoid­ing a bloody bat­tle for the desert town. ITAL­IAN prose­cu­tors lined up wit­nesses to de­fend the DNA ev­i­dence used to con­vict Amer­i­can stu­dent Amanda Knox of mur­der and to keep her in pri­son for an­other 20 years.

One ex­pert de­nied claims that ev­i­dence had been badly han­dled and con­tam­i­nated --rais­ing the hopes of Knox's family --as noth­ing more than ‘a hy­po­thet­i­cal the­ory.’

De­spite the grave mat­ters in­volved, all eyes on the court­room were again on the 24-year-old Amer­i­can’s stiff nip­ples which jut­ted from be­neath her clingy satin top.

Knox, 24, and her ex-boyfriend Raf­faele Sol­lecito, 26, are ap­peal­ing con­vic­tions that they mur­dered Bri­tish ex­change stu­dent Mered­ith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, in 2007.

Knox, from Seat­tle, and Sol­lecito, an Ital­ian, have been in a Perugia pri­son since shortly after the killing.

In 2009 both were con­victed of mur­der. Knox was sen­tenced to 26 years while Sol­lecito was given 25 years.

FUGI­TIVE: Was Gaddafi

hid­den in heav­ily armed

con­voy?

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