The US has imposed sanctions on Tuesday on a Libyan man accused of supporting Saadi Qaddafi who last week boasted from . . .[restrict]his exile in Niger that he was organizing a counter-revolution and would return to Libya soon.
The US Treasury Department said it was targeting Humayd Abdul-Salam because he had provided help to the late dictators’ footballing son to try and seize power.
Saadi Qaddafi fled to Niger in September after the liberation of Tripoli. Niger has twice rejected extradition requests from the NTC, the most recent following last Friday’s boast by Saadi on Al Arabiya TV in which he claimed that there would be a massive rebellion to coincide with this Friday’s first anniversary of the 17 February revolution.
The US Treasury has issued a statement saying that said that “in late September 2011, during the popular revolt seeking to overthrow the Qaddafi regime, and after the imposition of US and United Nations sanctions against Muammar Qaddafi and his sons, Saadi and Mutassim, Humayd Abdul Salam reportedly coordinated a meeting for Saadi Qaddafi. In early October 2011, Humayd Abdul Salam reportedly coordinated the delivery of vehicles and drivers to Saadi Qaddafi and his brother Mutassim. Additionally, in early October 2011, Humayd was instructed by the late Mutassim to arrange payment for a shipment of military equipment, including sniper rifles and night vision devices.”
The Americans say the sanctions target “a key supporter of Saadi Qaddafi, who remains determined to carry on his father’s legacy, to reverse Libya’s democratic transition through violence, and to foster instability in the region.” The United States of America is determined to assist the Libyan people as they work to develop a democratic, peaceful, and prosperous society, and will expose those who are trying to derail Libya’s transition.”
As a result of the action, American citizens are forbidden to engage in any transactions with Humayd Abdul Salam and any assets he may have that come under US jurisdiction are frozen.