Mexico says foiled plan to smuggle in Gaddafi son

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Mexico uncovered and stopped  an international plot to smuggle late Libyan leader Muammar  Gaddafi’s son Saadi into the country using fake names and false  papers, authorities said today.
Four people were arrested on Nov. 10 and 11, they said,  over an elaborate plan to settle Saadi Gaddafi, who is now in  Niger, and his family on Mexico’s Pacific coast using forged  documents, safe houses and private flights.
Mexican officials got a tip about the network – which  included Mexican, Danish and Canadian members – in September,  Interior Minister Alejandro Poire said.
In preparation for the family’s arrival, the criminal ring  bought properties around Mexico, created fake identities and  opened bank accounts with the aim of settling them near Bahia  de Banderas, home to the popular tourist destination Puerto  Vallarta.
The network arranged for private flights to smuggle in the  family and established identities under assumed names,  including Moah Bejar Sayed and Amira Sayed Nader.
The plotters themselves used a network of flights between  Mexico, the United States, Canada, Kosovo and the Middle East  to plan the route and organize the logistics for Saadi  Gaddafi’s arrival, Poire said.
“Mexican officials … succeeded in avoiding this risk,  they dismantled the international criminal network which was  attempting this and they arrested those presumed responsible,”  he told a news conference.
A Canadian woman, Cynthia Ann Vanier, was the ringleader of  the plot and directly in touch with the Gaddafi family, Mexican  authorities said.

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