Ex-French president sold Muammar Gaddafi a $4m tech-filled, armoured Mercedes-Benz SUV to evade arrest during Libya uprising.
Gaddafi’s getaway Mercedes features anti-tracking and communications systems which allows him to keep in touch with Libyan army.
Many where shocked with the reports as Sarkozy was the one who ordered French jets to start bombing Gaddafi’s forces during the uprising in Libya.
The Mercedes 4X4 vehicle was reportedly part of a £25million-plus deal signed when the two leaders were still close.
It’s part of the 21 vehicles fleeing Gaddafi was traveling in before it was attacked by the NATO and French fighter jets.
It’s been over 10 years since the government of Libyan revolutionary Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was toppled by the Libyan forces.
After his assassination on 20 October 2011, Gaddaﬁ, a controversial and highly divisive world ﬁgure, was mourned as a hero by many across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Following the uprising in Libya, and before his capture and death, a report from investigative news site Mediapart implicated former French President Nikolas Sarkozy in helping the fleeing Libyan leader escape from his palace in the North African country.
According to a document found by Mediapart, French technology firm Amesys was allowed to provide Gaddafi with a heavily armored Mercedes-Benz SUV, probably a G-Class (G-Wagon) or a ML, worth an estimated $4 million.
‘In 2007 the sale was approved by the then Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, and his chief of staff Claude Gueant.
‘The vehicle was eventually delivered in 2008 – this time with the green light from the President.’
The Mercedes 4X4 vehicle was reportedly part of a £25million-plus deal that also saw the French provide Libya with the means to conduct email surveillance over their own people.
The getaway Mercedes-Benz vehicle was reportedly equipped with anti-tracking devices and other tools needed to evade the enemies. It also features communications systems which allowed Gaddafi to keep in touch with his loyal Libyan army.
A military source in Paris said:
‘Gaddafi has almost certainly used the vehicle to get away. It is a product of superb French engineering, and an obvious means of escape.
‘Gaddafi would be able to stay out sight of military targeters, and be extremely well protected if he met enemy forces on the ground.’
When the allegations was made then, many where shocked as Mr Sarkozy was the one who ordered French jets to start bombing Gaddafi’s forces during the uprising in Libya.
NATO aircraft, a U.S. Predator Drone and French Air Force Mirage 2000D fighter jets reportedly fired on 21 of the vehicles Gaddafi was traveling in. The attack destroyed and immobilized much of the convoy and killed dozens of loyalist fighters.
It wasn’t long before Sarkozy and the then UK Prime Minister David Cameron enjoyed a triumphant trip to the newly liberated Tripoli, in Libya.