Monday, 21 February 2011

The shooting party

Lord Mandelson attended shoot with Gaddafi's son

Lord Mandelson, the First Secretary, was last night at the centre of fresh controversy after it emerged he had recently socialised at a shoot with the son of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi attended the event at a stately home in Buckinghamshire, along with the financier Nat Rothschild, who is a friend of Lord Mandelson. 

The Telegraph,  November 2009

"Muammar Gaddafi, our leader, is leading the battle in Tripoli, and we are with him," Saif al-Islam said.

"The armed forces are with him. Tens of thousands are heading here to be with him. We will fight until the last man, the last woman, the last bullet."

The Guardian, 21 February 2011

An intensely relaxed shooting party with Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi makes schmoozing on the yachts of billionaire oligarchs look almost respectable by comparison.