Aisha Gaddafi, 34 de ani, fiica colonelului Muammar Gaddafi. Aceasta este o avocată de succes, foarte dură.
Fiica liderului libian a făcut parte din echipa de avocaţi care l-a apărat fostul preşedinte irakian Saddam Hussein. WikiLeaks dezvăluie că Aisha ar avea interese într-o clinică privată din Tripoli, una dintre cele două facilităţi care oferă asistenţă medicală de calitate, dar şi în sectorul energiei şi al construcţiilor. Lionel Richie a venit în urmă cu câţiva ani la Tripoli pentru a cânta la ziua de naştere. Ayesha a fost desemnată de tatăl său să urmărească activităţile fraţilor săi – Sa’adi, Hannibal şi Saif al-Arab.––
Aisha Gaddafi interviu
Aisha Gaddafi, daughter of Colonel Gaddafi of Libya, talks to the Sunday Telegraph about life in Libya, her charity work, and the controversial causes she has supported.
9:00AM BST 10 Oct 2010
You are involved with charity work for women’s rights in Libya. Is this a big issue in your country?
– I have always seen my role in the charity sphere, and I do my best to give a helping hand to anyone who needs assistance. The work that I am most proud of is a hotline protecting women from domestic violence.
Is domestic violence a big problem in Libya?
– It is not a particularly serious problem in Libya, but yes, complaints are made against men from time to time. The problem is a lack of education – a lot of housewives and women don’t know the law is beside them because of ignorance. The law is very strict and sides with women
What about those who say Libya’s criminal justice system does not respect human rights?
– I have tried to understand why people say that, and where Libya is violating human rights, but I have not found anything. Those criticisms are completely groundless.
Why did you choose to join the defence team for Saddam Hussein’s war crimes trial?
– I studied law and I felt duty bound to defend anyone who feels he is wrongly accused. The reason I felt so commited was because there was so much of a campaign to discredit him in the media – pictures of him wearing underwear, having his teeth checked and so on. It was all designed to make him look inhumane. I also felt a drive to defend the Iraqi people.
But wasn’t Saddam guilty?
– Let me put it this way. If you want to talk about the crimes that they claim Saddam committed, let’s talk about what is taking place in Iraq. More than 1 million Iraqis have been killed, and the whole civilisation of Iraq has been wiped out.
Did you actually go to Baghdad for the trial? It was supposed to be very dangerous. Several of Saddam’s defence lawyers were killed.
– Unfortunately not, no. My family was too concerned about safety. My role was to contact the hundreds of lawyers involved and give them advice.
You actually met Saddam once, didn’t you? What was he like?
– Yes, it was on my own initiative through my charity work and campaigning against the sanctions, about a year before the war. It was a cordial family meeting with a friendly atmosphere in Baghdad. For me it was quite normal, he was the president and elected by his own people. Plus we should not forget that he was always a great supporter of the Middle East, and it was for this that he was charged.
But he wasn’t he also accused of killing roughly 300,000 of his own people? There were many Iraqis who were delighted when he was hung.
– It is only normal that some people are against you and some are with you. You are bound to meet people who may be against your policies.
You also supported the anti-American resistance in Iraq. Why was that?
– 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.
Your father is known for taking a tough stand against Islamic extremism in Libya. Are you concerned about these movements?
– Islam is a faith, a religion, free from all this extremism and based on clemency and compassion and morals. You will never hear about Muslim sheikhs burning Bibles, or desecrating drawings of Jesus. Extremists do not represent the true words of Islam. But who created and supported and funded al Qaeda? It was the West.
In 2000, you gave a speech at Speakers’ Corner in London in favour of the IRA. Why do you support them?
– I have always been a supporter of all liberation movements. Britian is Britain and Ireland is Ireland.
Should British victims of the IRA get compensation?
No. People make it look as if Libya is a big fund, with everyone taking money from this big saving box, and this is a thing of the past.
How do people react when they find out who your father is?
– Those who don’t know who I am generally gasp, and then they become very friendly and welcoming, and take the chance to send greetings to my father. None of them have ever reacted badly.
What is your relationship with your father like?
– People forget that before he is a great man and leader, he is also my father, my friend and my brother. He is very close to me, and I feel so safe when I am with him. My love for him is beyond description, and we spend as much time as possible together. I always advise him to look after his health and take things easy, but apart from that it is him who gives me advice. If I had to pick his single best piece of wisdom, it would be that he underlines being modest, not to be arrogant, and that we should shoulder our responsibilities.
Has he changed much in the last decade, as Libya has come out of diplomatic isolation?
– The man is the man. He never changes. He is a man of principles, he believes in causes, defending the poor and underdog, he never changes the main ideas that he believes in. I would say that now the future of Libya is very promising, bright and optimistic. It is taking its rightful place in the international community and everyone is seeking good ties with us.
Sursa: Telegraph Media Group Ltd
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