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 yesterday.
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.