Libya: Court Removes EU Sanctions On Gaddafi’s Daughter

On Tuesday, the European Court of Justice lifted the EU sanctions on Aisha Gaddafi.

In the heat of the Western intervention and subsequent Libyan revolution in 2011, Gaddafi’s daughter was listed by the EU as one of those who face a travel ban and whose assets were frozen. The sanctions were done in connection to Muammar Gaddafi’s controversial administration.

Aisha who is Gaddafi’s only daughter took her case to the top European court.

According to her, the EU sanctionwas no longer justified. The European court saw sense in her bid and lifted the ban.

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Politico reported that the court judgment said that the initially cited reasons for the restrictive measures placed on her -“the daughter of Muammar Gaddafi” and “closeness of association with the regime”- were placed “in a context that is substantially different from that which prevailed in 2011.”

Aisha Gaddafi is the 5th child, born by Gaddafi’s second wife Safia Farkash. She is a lawyer, former Libyan mediator, military official and former UN Goodwill Ambassador.

3 years ago, the EU amended the sanctions but still retained her name on the list of sanctioned persons. She made a request for it to be removed then but to no avail. She maintained that the sanctions were now baseless since the fall and death of her father.

Gaddafi’s humiliating death could be considered as one of the highest punishment his children could ever face. Due to the ban, Aisha’s role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador was taken from her.

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At the death of Muammar Gaddafi, Aisha fled to Algeria and was later granted asylum in Oman, alongside other members of the Gaddafi family.

As Aisha Gaddafi celebrates her victory, 2 of her brothers are currently awaiting trial in Libya.

Seif Al Islam Gaddafi, Gaddafi’s heir apparent is in the International Criminal Court (ICC) radar for crimes against humanity. The Libyan government is however pushing for the trial to take place in Libya.

In 2014, Saadi, Gaddafi’s third son was extradited from Niger, where he had sought asylum.

Gaddafi’s 4th son Mutassim, a former National Security Adviser, was killed by Libyan rebels on the same day his father was killed.

Aisha whom the Arabian press fondly called the “Claudia Schiffer of North Africa,” because of her dyed hair, lost her husband in a bomb explosion in 2011.