Gadhafi’s Adopted Daughter: Dead Or Alive?
August 27, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 27 (UPI) — A room in Moammar Gadhafi’s compound appears to have belonged to an adopted daughter supposedly killed by a U.S. airstrike in 1986, The Irish Times reports.
The newspaper said it discovered documents Friday that included a passport in the name of Hana Gadhafi, photos showing Hana with Gadhafi’s daughter Aisha, medical school textbooks and examination papers and a 2007 certificate from the British Council that Hana had received an A in an English class.
Libyan state newspapers and broadcasters reported the death of Gadhafi’s adopted daughter in a bombardment ordered by U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Photos of a baby’s body and of the supposed infant during her brief life were published.
At the time, and in the years since, there has been speculation the story was manufactured for propaganda purposes.
German newspaper Die Welt recently found a Hana Gadhafi with a 1985 birth date listed in a document relating to the seizure of Gadhafi assets in Switzerland and a 1999 report from the Chinese government news agency Xinhua that Hana was at a lunch for South African leader Nelson Mandela.
The Times’ discovery does not prove Gadhafi was lying 25 years ago. A British Council spokesman told The Guardian employees there were given the impression Hana had been adopted after the first baby’s death and given the same name to honor her memory.
Like most of the rest of the clan, Hana Gadhafi remains out of sight, and her whereabouts are unknown.