NEW YORK – The New York-based Libyan deputy ambassador to the United Nations, who recently defected from Moammar Gadhafi’s government, claims he has information Gadhafi hired assassins to kill him.
“We have even information that he has already hired some people to kill us,” stated Ibrahim O. A. Dabbashi, deputy U.N. ambassador for the so-called transitional Libyan government.
Dabbashi was referring to himself and to his colleague, Libyan Ambassadar Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgham, who works with him out of the Libyan mission in New York.
Dabbashi made the charges today in an interview with Aaron Klein on the latter’s radio program on New York’s WABC Radio.
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“I am, and Ambassadar Shalgham, both of us, are almost on a daily basis criticized on the regime’s TV with all kinds of threats,” Dabbashi told Klein.
“But really we don’t pay any much attention to these kinds of threats,” he said.
Asked by Klein if Gadhafi has cells or capabilities in New York, the deputy ambassador replied, “Well, you know, usually it is not difficult for a criminal to kill someone.”
Dabashi continued: “Certainly he can buy people to do the job. He has a lot of money outside. We understand in the ’90s he managed to transfer billions of dollars and tons of gold outside of the country. And maybe inside the country, in the southern part of the country and now we have information that they had been transferred to some banks in Chad.”
Dabashi called Gadhafi a “madman” who could use chemical weapons on his own people.
“I think he may take desperate action inside Libya,” Dabashi said. “Let’s say if he has chemical arms he may use it against the Libyan people. This is a madman. He is enjoying killing the people. I am saying that because I know the guy.”