Gaddafi son`s London mansion occupied

A London house belonging to Seif al-Islam has been occupied by campaigners.

Last Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 22:33 PM IST

London: A London house belonging to Libyan
leader Moammar Gaddafi`s son Seif al-Islam has been occupied
by campaigners, police said Wednesday.

Members of a campaign group called "Topple the
Tyrants" said they had taken over the eight-bedroomed
neo-Georgian house in the plush Hampstead Garden Suburb
district of north London.

They demanded it be transferred to the people of
Libya.

A Scotland Yard spokesman told AFP: "Police were
called to an address in Hampstead Garden Suburb at
approximately 12:50 pm local time to reports of unknown
people entering the premises.

"At this time this is being treated as a civil matter.

There have been no arrests.
"Police are monitoring the situation and safer
neighbourhood reassurance patrols are taking place in the
area."

The house, in a secluded, leafy close surrounded by
some of Britain`s most expensive residential streets, boasts
an indoor swimming pool, a sauna room and a cinema room.

"We do not trust the British government to return it
to the people of Libya because they have a long history of
helping the Gaddafi regime," "Topple the Tyrants" spokesman
Montgomery Jones told the Hampstead and Highgate Express local
newspaper.

"When we found out one of the world`s most brutal
dictators owned property in north London it seemed like an
obvious thing to occupy it for the people of Libya.

"Our aim is to make sure that the assets stolen by
Gaddafi are returned to the Libyan people and don`t disappear
into the pockets of governments or corporations.

"We want to welcome refugees from the conflict in
Libya and those fleeing tyranny and oppression across the
world."

Seif, who studied at the London School of Economics,
bought the house in 2009.

It was put up for sale again at a price of 10.95
million pounds as the Libyan crisis unfolded, though it has
since been taken off the market.

Mike Freer, who represents the local Finchley and
Golders Green area in parliament, has called for the house to
be seized and for the extended Gaddafi family to be barred
from entering Britain.

"This house and any other assets in the UK should be
seized until the provenance of the family`s funds can be
determined," he said.

Bureau Report