The Grand Hotel Excelsior in Rapallo is also still waiting for a million bucks:
Gaddafi sons’ Sydney romps
Les Kennedy SMHÂ Gaddafi sons’ Sydney romps
February 27, 2011
Visitors Down Under … Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, (one of) the dictator’s heirs. Seif is a great supporter of the global jihad, especially in the Philippines, Thailand and Africa.
THE sons of the Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi may have salted away millions of dollars in oil money in hidden Australian investments during a series of visits to Sydney, Perth and Queensland over the past nine years.
In a trip to Sydney in 2006, million-dollar apartments in ”the Toaster” at Circular Quay and several three-bedroom units in the Kent Street apartments worth up to $6 million each were inspected.
Al-Saadi GaddafiÂ caused quite a few problems when he beat his wife and maids. When he was arrested in Switzerland his father instantly took Swiss expatriates hostage, declared jihad on Switzerland and moved his assets elsewhere.
- Atlas Shrugs: Last Ones Out …Obama’s Rickety Ferry (meanwhileÂ the Obama circus parties on….)
On the real estate hunt was Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, second son and heir apparent to his father’s throne, who declared recently he would fight ”until the last bullet” to defeat Libya’s pro-democracy protesters.
But Ken Bowditch, a former senior NSW detective who provided security for the Gaddafi family in Australia, said it had been ”window shopping” – no deals were made.
”If they have made investments here, salted away funds, they have done it through other parties,” Mr Bowditch said of his firm Dalmore Security in its dealings with Saif al-Islam and his younger brother Al-Saadi, who has also visited and met MPs including Alexander Downer.
Dalmore Security, which provides security for businessmen and celebrities, has been dealing with the brothers on and off since 2002. Mr Bowditch has also accompanied several Australian business figures, whose names he would not disclose, to meetings with Saif al-Islam in Libya in 2007 to discuss several developments. He said at one stage the brothers were also looking at buying a building in the Sydney CBD to open a consulate after the government’s decision last year to afford a representative of Libya the status of ambassador.
But he denied speculation that the Gaddafi brothers had ever bought apartments in ”the Toaster”, where they had been seen on occasions talking to businessmen with investment connections in the Middle East.
”When they come here they stay at either the Regent [now known as the Four Seasons], Shangri-la or InterContinental hotels,” he said.
He said the Gaddafi family paid for the flights and education of ”4000 Libyan students in Australia who are studying at universities to become doctors, nurses and engineers”.
In 2005, Al-Saadi, who owns mansions in England and Italy, was in Australia as one of the Libyan soccer team for a World Cup training camp.
The following year, he returned for business and trade talks with the Australian government. A ”colonel” with the Libyan special forces, Al-Saadi was invited to visit the Swanbourne SAS barracks at the invitation of the former defence minister Robert Hill.
He also met the then foreign minister Alexander Downer for trade talks, and Australian investors from the oil, gas, tourism, agriculture, racing and cattle industries.
There were also reports that Al-Saadi had wined and dined Nicole Kidman at a plush Sydney hotel during a visit.”They hit it off well,” Mr Bowditch said. ”He met with her because he has an interest in films and they discussed investing in the Australian film industry.”
During his 2005 visit, Al-Saadi flew to Perth, lunching at the riverside Zafferano Restaurant, where he met the Labor government ministers Norm Marlborough and Kim Chance and construction millionaires Tim Roberts and his late father John. But talk of investing with the local company Multiplex failed. Mr Bowditch suggested Al-Saadi did not approve of the company’s business dealings in Dubai.
In February 2002, a visit by Saif al-Islam, regarded as a wild child, brought headlines after reports of a late-night sex romp in Port Douglas. A bodyguard allegedly pulled out a gun on a Barrier Reef dive boat.
His behaviour, and that of his 20-member entourage, was reported to then prime minister John Howard in a letter of complaint from the charter vessel company, Haba Dive. Queensland police took no action.
Several Cairns prostitutes also alleged there was a sex party with members of the entourage.A former NSW government staffer recalled yesterday that a consul to a Pacific nation had recounted how one of the Gaddafi sons in 2006 left the country without paying a $7000 bill at a high-class Sydney brothel.