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UAE freezes bank accounts of Gaddafi’s wife, aide

Haseeb Haider / 9 March 2012

ABU DHABI — Banks and financial institutions in the UAE have been asked to immediately freeze the accounts of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s wife Safia Farkash Al Barassi and his regime’s key official.

The UAE’s central bank ordered all commercial banks, financial institutions and money exchanges to stop any financial remittances by them.

The central bank issued the instructions on Thursday in a circular in line with the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 1970 of 2011, which includes a group of 15 individuals whose bank accounts have been frozen for their involvement in various crimes against the people of Libya. They include Gaddafi’s family members and top leaders of his government, who committed atrocities against their own people. The banks have been asked to provide the details of any account, deposit and money transfers by them to the anti-money laundering unit of the central bank.

Safia was married to Gaddafi in 1970 and her sister Fatima Farkash to Abdallah Sanussi, former head of the Libyan military intelligence.

Abdulhaziz Zltini was the chairman of the National Oil Corporation during the Gaddafi regime. He was the secretary of the General People’s Committee for Finance and Planning. For a brief period, he was made head of the Central Bank of Libya. His name was included in the resolution because he tried to raise funds for the regime to replenish central bank reserves already spent on sustaining the current military campaign.


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