The wife and daughter of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi crossed over the border into Tunisia several days ago, a Tunisian security source told Reuters on Wednesday.
Arrest Warrants Requested Two Days Ago
This is interesting timing, since as Care2′s Suzi Parrasch wrote here, the International Criminal Court requested arrest warrants for Colonel Muammar el-Gaddafi two days ago, along with his second oldest son, brother-in-law, and intelligence chief.
So Is The Noose Tightening?
Gaddafi’s wife Safia and his daughter Aisha came to Tunisia with a Libyan delegation on May 14 and are on the island of Djerba in the south, the source said.
“It was expected that they would leave yesterday but they are still at Djerba,” the source added.
It did not appear that the two women had been traveling with Shokri Ghanem, Libya’s top oil official, who is believed to have also crossed into Tunisia and appears to have defected.
Libyan officials in Tripoli were not immediately available for comment.
Who Are Safia And Aisha?
A little background: Gaddafi has been married twice. He was first married to the Fatiha, a teacher. Their marriage only lasted six months, but they have a son named Muhammad al-Gaddafi.
Gaddafi’s second wife is Safia Farkash, and together they have six children: five boys and a girl. Like many of the Gaddafi clan, Safia has a reputation of being a shopaholic, and has often been seen traveling to Europe with her two dozen bodyguards and several women and children.
Her only daughter, Aisha, is an attorney who was on the defense team for Saddam Hussein as well as Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the man who threw a shoe at Bush during a press conference in Iraq.
Aisha was also a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador until last February when she was stripped of her position by the UN.
As to where these two are now and what their future plans are, we can only guess. But there’s a good chance that their shopping binges are over.
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