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Last Updated: Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 23:39

Washington: The son of Libyan leader
Moammar Gaddafi denied Sunday that his family had secreted
billions of dollars out of the country, as he scornfully
dismissed a UN vote calling for the freezing of Libyan assets.

First of all, we don`t have money outside," said Saif
al-Islam Gaddafi, speaking to ABC television`s "This Week"
programme.

"We are a very modest family and everybody knows that.
And we are laughing when they say you have money in Europe or
Switzerland or something. Come on, it`s a joke," he said,
one day after the UN Security Council slapped a travel ban and
assets freeze on Gaddafi and his inner circle.

The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution
that also imposes an arms embargo on Libya, where the United
Nations says more than 1,000 people have been killed, and
condemns what it called violence incited "from the highest
level" of the Libyan leadership.

But the younger Gaddafi insisted, despite daily
television footage showing rioting, shooting and protests,
that his country was calm and denied reports that the military
had shot and killed hundreds, and possibly thousands of
Libyans.

There is a "big big gap between reality and the media
reports" Gaddafi said, according to an advance transcript of
the interview provided by ABC television.

"The whole south is calm. The west is calm. The middle
is calm. Even part of the east."

He also reiterated his father`s defiant vow not to
give up power.

"Listen: nobody is leaving this country. We live here,
we die here," he insisted. "This is our country. The Libyans
are our people. And for myself, I believe I am doing the right
thing."

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 23:39

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