Claims Gaddafi raped bodyguards

2011-08-28 14:21

Valletta - Five women who formed part of Muammar Gaddafi's select unit of female bodyguards are claiming they were raped and abused by the now hunted dictator, The Sunday Times of Malta reported.

The women have told Benghazi-based psychologist Seham Sergewa they were sexually abused by Gaddafi and his sons before being discarded once the men had become "bored" with them.

The claims form part of a dossier being collated by Sergewa for the International Criminal Court and possible trial that Gaddafi and members of his inner circle may face in Libya if and when they are captured alive.

One of the women told Sergewa how she had been blackmailed into joining the bodyguard brigade, once believed to number as many as 400 women, after the regime fabricated a story that her brother was carrying drugs on his way back to Libya from a holiday in Malta.

"She was told 'you either become a bodyguard or your brother will spend the rest of his life in prison'," Sergewa told The Sunday Times of Malta in an interview in Benghazi.

Father figure

"She had been expelled from university and was told to seek Gaddafi's intervention to be reinstated. She was told she had to undergo a medical test that included an HIV test that was administered by an East European nurse."

Eventually she was taken to meet Gaddafi at his Bab Aziziya compound in Tripoli, and led to his private quarters where she found him in his pyjamas.

"She could not understand because she saw him as a father figure, leader of the nation, that sort of thing. She refused his advances and he raped her," Sergewa said.

A pattern emerged in the stories. The women would be first raped by the dictator and then passed on to one of his sons and eventually to high-ranking officials for more abuse before eventually being let go, the psychologist said.

The women stepped forward after Sergewa started investigating claims of systematic rape, allegedly committed by loyalist troops during the conflict.

  • DW - 2011-08-28 14:37

    The Sunday Tribune alleges that Ghadaffi has fled to Zimbabwe and is in a mansion in Harare surrounded by his female body guards. If this is how he treats them, he should watch out. There are enough people who want him dead (for that reward being offered, if nothing else) that they could pay off these women and take him out. If you live by the sword, you will die by the sword.

      Spyker May - 2011-08-28 17:30

      The International Criminal Court's file on Gaddafi, must surely be the only thing on the planet, thicker than Malema...

  • Grant - 2011-08-28 14:42

    Veggie, marco and others - this is your hero, any comments to defend this? Or maybe it is just more 'western propaganda' or maybe for a change, another of your more imaginative conspiracy theories?

  • Slapper - 2011-08-28 14:46

    Oh well, he will fit in perfectly if he moves to South Africa. Even our nominated CHief Justice will understand?

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-28 14:52

    Shower-head's mate? Birds of a feather,flock together.

  • Proudly SA - 2011-08-28 14:55

    This is same delightful man that Malema worships which indicates the type of person Malema is amd types of morals he aspires to(he also is in awe of many perfect examples of humankind such as Mugabe, North Korean leader and crazed Venezuelean leader);

  • Anton - 2011-08-28 14:56

    The gaddafies raping the ones working for them ! Surprised ? No, not at all. But what is surprising , is that there are still those who worship this gaddafi scum !!

  • Rijger - 2011-08-28 15:37

    A dossier being collated by a psychiatrist? What happened to the oath of confidence and secrecy surrounding patient and psychiatrist relations? Ah, but I forget, the ICC is involved, any claims made should be taken with a tablespoon of salt. Question: How do you demonise a person? Quite simple, keep on making allegation after allegation, the more absurd, the better. If the alleged perpetrator is not around for whatever reason to defend himself, even better.

      Dominic - 2011-08-28 16:08

      Have to agree with you. So far all we have is propoganda from both sides. Guess we'll have to wait for the ICC trial to know the truth.

      slg - 2011-08-28 16:30

      There is such a thing as "discovery" of legal document in preparation for a trial. Question: how does one deny the existence of a tyrant and his human rights abuses notwithstanding the screams coming out of Libya? Look for any point that might obfuscate the abuses. Gadhafi has chosen his fate. He did this again and again openly and publicly. He ranted his human rights abuses from his balcony. There's little mystery to it.

      Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-28 16:49

      The world is willing to give him a fair trial...Let the law and police gather evidence and let Libyan law treat him as he treated others.

      Rijger - 2011-08-28 21:11

      Really Slg? Since when is a psychiatrist able to set up a legal document? Just whose screams are coming out of Libya, and please don't try and obfuscate the abuses nor who did the abusing. Facts will do quite nicely, thank you very much.

      john - 2011-08-28 23:14

      Rijger, I'm sure that Gadaffi will be given professional legal help if, as and when his case gets to court. As you well know, none of us has any more access to the facts of this case than you do. Rather than trying to declare a mistrial and pronounce Gaddafi innocent based on one news article, why don't you rather leave it up to the legal professionals to decide? Or would a legal trial for Gaddafi be something that you would consider abhorrent? And if so, why? What do you stand to lose if Gaddafi is tried by a court?

      Rijger - 2011-08-29 00:30

      John, if and when Ghaddaffi goes to trial, the best thing that could happen is that an impartial judge or panel of judges presides. If he has made himself guilty of any wrongdoing, he will have to pay the Piper, BUT factual proof and evidence will persuade the judges. I have absolutely no problem with that. However, that does not detract from the facts that atrocities were committed by both sides, nor that Nato and their allies are abusing the authority given to them by the UN to protect civilians. Destroying military targets to make it easier for rebels to overrun pro Ghaddaffi strongpoints, was not intended to be part of their mandate. The problem that I do have though is that people judge without having the facts of the matter before them, but based on allegations, propaganda or straight out lies, either by ignorance, or because they are biased.

      john - 2011-08-29 00:46

      I see them as separate issues, thus: 1) Gaddafi: if he is guilty of crimes, he should be brought to book 2) NATO: if they have exceeded their mandate, then they need to answer for that and appropriate measures taken 3) the rebels: they claim they want democracy, fair enough. But they must now show commitment to that. The issues don't overlap for me. If NATO has exceeded its mandate, it has no effect on whether Gaddafi is guilty or not. Unfortunately, people seem to be meshing the three different issues together in some sort of comparative matrix, such as: I hate the West, therefore the rebels are scum (because the West is supporting them) and NATO is going to steal the oil (because I hate the West), therefore Gaddafi is a hero (because I hate the West and he does too) who is the victim of trumped up charges (because I hate the West, therefore anybody they accuse of anything must be innocent). Justice is not comparative. A murderer who is found guilty by a court can't claim that he must be let free because "at least I didn't kill as many people as Hitler". It's irrelevant how many people Hitler killed, this particular case is not about Hitler. So, to me, the Gaddafi issue is unaffected by either the rebels or NATO. People (I'm not saying you, but certainly others) claiming that Gaddafi is innocent because "the West is only there to steal oil" or "the rebels are al Qaeda extremists who are even worse than Gaddafi" is completely illogical.

      john - 2011-08-29 00:51

      As an example, we have vegetarian claiming that the Libyans couldn't possibly have suffered under Gaddafi because he gave them free health care, free education, etc. What utter bollocks. Let's translate that to an individual criminal case: I live my whole life as a law-abiding citizen who helps the homeless with soup kitchens, gives to charity, am very kind to my animals, provide my kids with everything they want and a great education, give forty years of selfless professional service to my employer - and then murder my wife. Can my lawyer stand up in court and say "Your Honour, the charges against my client are obviously trumped up and unwarranted. He helped the poor! He gave to charity! He was popular with his employer and colleagues! He gave his kids a great start in life! How can this court dare to smear the reputation of this great man by charging him with murder?!" And yet this is exactly what some are claiming: that because Gaddafi did some good things for Libyans, it's impossible to even countenance that he could also have done some evil, so the charges against him must be lies. I'm not sure what sort of logic informs such viewpoints.

      Rijger - 2011-08-29 01:12

      John, I can't agree more, but the unnessecary bloodshed should stop, first and foremost. All civilians should be protected, irrespective of which faction or group they belong to, THAT in essence was what Resolution 1973 was about. Parties who are guilty of atrocities, should face the music, that should mean all parties not just the loyalists. I personally don't for a minute think that Ghadaffi is pure as driven snow, but lets face it, there is one hell of a propaganda operation going on to turn him into satan's twin brother and thus try and create moral justifacation to what is happening in Libya.

      slg - 2011-08-29 23:52

      Nato has nit exceeded it's mandate. If anything it has not fulfilled it as far as it could and should have. The commands to harm civilians have been coming from Gadahfi and his inner circle. They are a legitimate target. I couldn't agree more that the unnecessary bloodshed should stop. But tell that to Gadhafi. He declared the war on his own people from his balcony again and again. Did you not hear that? Or are you discounting it and holding NATO and the international commjnity responsible for the choice he made?

      slg - 2011-08-30 06:20

      Confidentiality can be waived by clients, which I suspect has happened in this case. Plus, the fact that the ICC does not conduct trials by jury, rather by professional judges, makes the publishing of the information non-prejudicial.

  • Rick Coetzee - 2011-08-28 15:42

    Why all the yadda yadda??? Is'nt he innocent until proven guilty as they say in good old SA ??? Let justice take its cause (all 5 / 7 / 10 or never years of it).

  • Perplexed24 - 2011-08-28 15:52

    The ancyl must be so proud of who they support! Birds of a feather... ? mandela said that those who are irritated by their friendship with gaddafi should go jump in the pool....well all I can say is the water is nice and I am proud I don't have a friend like theirs!!! Their lack of honor is shared by all who support and have allowed this monster to thrive!

  • crackerr - 2011-08-28 16:11

    Unless the rape allegations were made and the details recorded while Gaddafi was still firmly in the saddle (?) it would be premature to believe them now. Too much to gain and lose all round. And the usual irrational mind workings in which one allegation for reasons nobody understands gives rise to similar allegations without the slightest truth to them in the minds of others. Dangerous world. But that Gaddafi is guilty of other serious crimes can not be wished away.

      Perplexed24 - 2011-08-28 16:25

      Yes - those who claim to have been raped by gaddafi should have marched straight down to their nearest police station and reported it!!!(sarcasm) ...I wonder how that would have worked out for them...or their families. Like all dictators- the true extent of their crimes eventually come out. I agree with John- it's not a proven fact as of yet. That does not mean that it didn't happen...and considering the nature of these regimes- you couldn't blame those affected of only coming forward now!

      crackerr - 2011-08-28 17:21

      @ Perplexed24 I did not mean OFFICIALLY recorded by some state official or policeman. But in some form and in such a way that it can be safely inferred that the allegations are not recent fabrications, in other words, spurred by exterior motives or to be in the limelight.

  • umhlopo - 2011-08-28 16:59

    this is africa,in any country in africa where there is conflict these things rape and murder so libia is nothing new,hell our prez got away with it,look what happens in the townships every day,and now in the suburbs,in the rural areas even goats arnt safe,there are no brains in the big head so the small head rules

  • powerslave - 2011-08-28 18:31

    Ahh this is ridiculous, they can literally make 1000 allegations about him just because of the fact he is public enemy no.1...what next, he eats little children?! Give him a break. To the haters...Get an education!

  • blcotter - 2011-08-28 20:10

    The truth will out.

  • Terre - 2011-08-28 21:24

    This is the same Seham Sergewa that could not present any evidence of her earlier claims about "259 raped women" in Libya. h ttp:// Pack of lies and propaganda as usual.

      john - 2011-08-28 23:19

      Then you have nothing to fear if the case goes to trial. Personally, I'd rather have a court decide than have strangers who do not know any of the parties concerned, and who weren't there at the time, make arbitrary decisions of guilt or innocence based on their personal political agenda.

  • beicime - 2011-08-29 10:16

    Condoleza Rice was lucky to be far away.

  • Badballie - 2011-08-29 11:31

    the propaganda doesn't stop does it, in this specific case though it doesn't really matter whether the allegations are true or not these body guards are guilty of war crimes and should spend the rest of their lives in prison anyway.

  • bill - 2011-08-29 12:49

    no wonder he and jz are so close.

      Shocked Honk - 2011-08-29 14:03

      @ Bill. Probably, as distasteful as it sounds, also includes our eminent statesman and former prez, Madiba. His non-response to the pressing matters affecting this country as well as the comments uttered about Libya, Zimbabwe, Sudan etc are a cause of concern and almost, by his silence, confirms his approval of such matters. I must admit that my view and opinion of him is definitely becoming jaded and I no longer have the same respect that I used to have.

  • Majozi - 2011-08-29 12:51

    Another propaganda so the ICC can have something to try Gaddaffi on.Lies lies and deciet.Bloody Europeans.God will punish them through natural phenomenon.

      slg - 2011-08-30 06:23

      That's not necessary. The proof is all around. It's disgusting. Gadhafi and his sons are almost mirror images of Saddam Hussein and his brutal two sons, Uday and Kusay. Mass graves of more than one hundred thousand people were found in Iraq, some people were buried alive. In all probability the same will come out of Libya. These are sick people.

      Anton - 2011-08-30 06:47

      It is totally mind bogging..... More and more atrocities of 42 years of terror, are coming to the surface. Arrests, many having been in jail for FIFTEEN YEARS, ( three prisoners, in the space of a public toilet !!!! ) and their only crime being, that they opposed a dictator!!! Beatings, Rape, Murder, Shallow graves etc etc. And all this; to keep a tyrant and his scum sons in power. And than we STILL have the ones, who come up for this CRIMINAL THUG. "But he gave away free school books, and he sold you a car below cost" And other BS like that. And the AU,up to this very day, still has to denounce the atrocities of this tyrant!!!! AFRICA SHOULD HANG ITS HEAD IN SHAME !!!

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