The late Muammar Gaddafi’s daughter was thrown out of her Algerian safe-house because she repeatedly set it on fire in fits of anger, officials have revealed.
Aisha Gaddafi, 37, has an arrest warrant against her name after fleeing Libya when her father was deposed and then killed two years ago after 42 years in power.
The western educated lawyer arrived in Algeria with other family members after her husband — an army general — was killed in the bombing raids which destroyed Gaddafi’s regime, leaving her as a single mother.
She was accorded a presidential residence in the south of the country.
Algeria’s ambassador to Libya confirmed last month that Col Gaddafi’s widow and three of his children including Aisha, had left Algeria “a long time ago” without giving further details.
It has now emerged that Algerian authorities lost patience with Miss Gaddafi, a onetime UN Goodwill Ambassador, after she kept vandalising furniture and attacking guards out of rage over her father’s fate.
“She ended up blaming Algeria for many of her problems, and also began starting fires in the house,” said a government source in Algiers.
“Shelves in the library went up in flames, as she regularly attacked army personnel looking after her safety.” The last straw was when the bleach blonde nicknamed the “Claudia Schiffer of North Africa” destroyed a portrait of Algerian president Abdul Aziz Bouteflika, local newspaper Ennahar reported.
For this sign of disrespect she was kicked out of the country, eventually finding asylum in Britain’s Gulf ally, Oman.
Aisha, Gaddafi’s widow, Safia, and sons Mohammad and Hannibal, as well as their children, have all been living there since October 2012.
They have been granted sanctuary on “humanitarian grounds” and their expenses are reportedly covered entirely by the Omani government.
The Gulf state has apparently turned a blind eye to the controversial pasts of family members wanted back home for squandering the wealth and privilege they enjoyed during the reign of Colonel Gaddafi, who was deposed and killed in 2011.
His children were known for their lavish lifestyles while he was in power and some oversaw key sectors in the economy, like shipping and the state’s telecommunications company.
Miss Gaddafi gave birth to a baby girl after evading rebel forces in her home country.
Aisha is Gaddafi’s only biological daughter, and his outspoken supporter throughout the civil war. “He is my remedy against pain and my fortress against grief,” she said.
She also came out in support of Saddam Hussein following the Iraq War.
“When you have an occupying army coming from abroad, raping your women and killing your own people, it is only legitimate that you fight them,” she said at the time.
In 2006 she married her cousin Ahmed al-Gaddafi al-Qahsi, an army colonel with whom she had three children. Qahsi was killed, along with two of their children, in bombing raids.
Hannibal Gaddafi was notorious for his abuse of servants — he once faced charges in Geneva for causing “bodily harm” to hotel staff – and for allegedly beating up his wife in a suite at Claridge’s Hotel in central London.
Aisha and Hannibal are both currently wanted on Interpol arrest warrants issued at the request of Libya’s new government.
Another of Gaddafi’s sons, Saadi whom Libyan officials claim played a crucial role in organising the brutal crackdown on protesters fled across Libya’s southern border to Niger. Only Saif al-Islam, his father’s presumed successor, remained inside Libya. Wanted by the International Criminal Court in the Hague for ordering Gaddafi’s forces to open fire on unarmed protesters, Saif faces possible execution in Libya.
Bitterly opposed to Nato’s bombing campaign against Gaddafi’s forces, which they said would fuel Islamic terrorism, Algerian officials were initially sympathetic to his family’s plight. But the risks to the country of its decision to shelter the Gaddafis have risen since.
Since Gaddafi’s demise, there have been fears that family members will seek to revive his legacy, and return to Libya to try and gain power once again.