A glance at Moammar Gadhafi's family

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Posted: Sep 01, 2011 3:01 PM
A glance at Moammar Gadhafi's family

A look at Moammar Gadhafi's family members, some of whom recently fled to Algeria, others who are believed to be still fighting the rebels inside Libya.

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WIVES

Gadhafi said he met Safiya, then a teenage nursing student, while recuperating from an appendectomy after taking power in 1969. He soon divorced his first wife, Fatiha, and married Safiya. Safiya Gadhafi and three of Gadhafi's children fled to Algeria Aug. 29.

BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN

_Mohammed, in his early 40s, is the only child of Gadhafi's first wife, Fatiha. He's Libya's Olympic chief and was involved in the country's telecommunications industry. The rebels reported capturing him after they moved into Tripoli, and soon after said he had escaped from house arrest. He married in 2000. He was among the three children who fled to Algeria.

_Seif al-Islam, around 39, is the oldest of the seven children of Moammar and Safiya Gadhafi. He once been expected to succeed his father, and was indicted alongside him on international charges of crimes against humanity. He lobbied militants to release hostages, funded research at the London School of Economics, welcomed world leaders to his country and portrayed himself as a champion of economic and social reforms. In a 2008 Associated Press interview, he spoke of Libya moving from one-man rule to constitutional democracy. Late Wednesday, a man claiming to be Seif al-Islam made an appeal from hiding that was carried by a Syrian-based TV station, urging his father's supporters to keep up the fight against the rebels even if it means "we are going to die on our land."

_al-Saadi, about 37, is known for his attempts to play professional soccer and, in later years, growing political importance. He also set up an Export Free Trade Zone in western Libya. He was a special forces commander who graduated from Libya's Military Engineering Academy and he headed Libya's soccer federation. According to U.S. diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks, he had a colorful past _ run-ins with police in Europe, drug and alcohol abuse. He married the daughter of Lt. Gen. el-Khoweildi el-Hamidia, a close aide of his father, in 2001 _ Libyan media didn't bother to name the bride in reports about the wedding. In a phone call to an Arab TV station Wednesday, a man identifying himself as al-Saadi said he was ready to negotiate with the rebels to stop the bloodshed. His conciliatory tone contrasted with the defiant statement another station attributed to his older brother Wednesday.

_Hannibal, about 35, was influential in maritime shipping and has grabbed headlines for violent incidents. In 2008, he was arrested and charged in Switzerland for allegedly beating two of his servants. The charges were dropped after the servants withdrew their complaint, but the arrest sparked a diplomatic spat that dragged on for months and included the detention in Libya for more than a year of two Swiss businessmen. In 2005, a French court convicted Hannibal of striking a pregnant companion in a Paris hotel. He was given a four-month suspended prison sentence and a small fine. A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks said when Hannibal's wife Aline tried to leave him in 2009, he followed her to London "and the encounter ended in assault." Hannibal was among the three children who fled to Algeria.

_Muatassim, in his mid-30s, was his father's national security adviser. A U. S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks said he pressured the chairman of Libya's national oil company to give him $1.2 billion in cash and oil.

_Aisha, a lawyer in her mid-30s who helped in the defense of Saddam Hussein, Iraq's toppled dictator, in the trial that led to his hanging. During a 2000 visit to London, Aisha delivered an impromptu speech praising the Irish Republican Army at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park. Aisha had been for two years a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Development Program, focusing on combatting HIV/AIDS and violence against women. In February, the U.N. said it was ending its agreement with her following a crackdown by her father on anti-government protesters. She was among the three children who fled to Algeria.

_Seif al-Arab, was reported to be 29 when Libyan authorities said he and three of Gadhafi's grandchildren were killed in an April 30 NATO airstrike. He was a businessman who lived for some time in Germany, where he was investigated but never charged in an illegal weapons possession case.

_Khamis, in his late 20s, graduated as an army office in 2001 and led an elite military unit. Khamis was pursuing an MBA at a Spanish business school before being expelled because of his role in attacks on Libyan protesters. On Aug. 29, rebel fighters said they believed Khamis, commander of an elite military unit, was killed in a rebel ambush south of Tripoli the previous week. His death has not been confirmed.

ADOPTED CHILDREN

_Hana, said to have been killed in a 1986 U.S. airstrike when she was 15 months old. Many Libyans believe Hana was never killed. After the rebels took Tripoli, a Tripoli hospital official surfaced saying Hana worked for him as a surgeon until the capital's fall. But some in Libya believed that after Hana's death, Gadhafi adopted another daughter and gave her the same name in tribute.

_Milad, a son about whom little is known.

GRANDCHILDREN

The Algerian Health Ministry reported Aisha gave birth to a girl on Aug. 30. She is reported to have three older children, including a daughter said to have died in the April NATO airstrike that killed one of her brothers and two other grandchildren. The total number of grandchildren is unclear.