Probe launched into Gadhafi's Saudi plans

June 10, 2004 at 7:29 AM
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WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- An international inquiry has been opened into allegations Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi plotted the assassination of Saudi Arabia's leader.

The U.S., British and Saudi governments are involved in the inquiry that came to light when a Virginia man told of the plot during plea negotiations in his trial for doing business with Libya while sanctions were in place.

Abdurahman Alamoudi, a Muslim activist, allegedly received $340,000 in cash from Libyan officials, and told how he met with Gadhafi twice last year to discuss the killing of Crown Prince Abdullah, the Washington Post said.

According to Alamoudi, Gadhafi said in the first meeting: "I want the crown prince killed either through assassination or through a coup."

At another session a few months later, Gaddafi asked why he had not yet seen "heads flying" in the Saudi royal family, the New York Times said.

If the assassination allegations are confirmed, it would likely prompt the United Nations to reinstate sanctions against Libya that were lifted last year after Gadhafi renounced terrorism and acknowledged responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

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