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Ex-Gaddafi insider thinks Libyan revolt will succeed

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Ex-Gaddafi insider thinks Libyan revolt will succeed

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One man able to provide a unique insight into Muammar Gaddafi’s world and possibly his next move, is the Colonel’s former head of protocol, Nuri al-Mismari. Having now resigned from that post, he spoke to euronews.

Mohamed Ouamoussi, euronews:
“Joining us now from Paris is Nuri al-Mismari, Colonel Gaddafi’s former head of protocol, who was very close to the Libyan leader. Mr Mismari, welcome to euronews.
“There have been a number of defections from the army, the police and diplomatic service. The question to be asked is: who is governing Libya today?”

Nuri Al-Mismari, Former Libyan head of protocol:
“Now, on the ground, he is completely alone. Alone, absolutely alone. There is no-one. And the people around him now are his sons and a few officials who have committed crimes, who are afraid of being judged for the crimes they have done, after Gaddafi’s downfall.

euronews:
“You were very close to Muammar Gaddafi. Does he trust his entourage, his bodyguards? Does he trust his security service and those around him?”

Al-Mismari:
“No. He trusts no-one. And a year ago, there was an attempted coup d’etat against him. It was carried out by officers who had been very close to him and from his personal security service.”

euronews:
“Colonel Gaddafi addressed the population on Green Sqaure in Tripoli and threatened to transform Libya into a ‘red fire.’ What do you make of these remarks?”

Al-Mismari:
“It is normal for him to say that. The people in the square were children brought there from school. And the adults were plain clothes police officers, as our UN ambassador Mr Abdelrahman Shalgam said.”

euronews:
“Do you think he could, for example, use chemical weapons against the demonstrators?”

Al-Mismari:
“This man said: ‘I have not used real force yet.’ Are there other forces than tanks and armoured vehicles and submachine guns and the use of aircraft to bombard the ground? Chemical weapons are all that are left! And I hope he does not use them.”

euronews:
“On the ground, how do you see the hours and days ahead in Libya?”

Al-Mismari:
“The revolutionaries are going to win. The young people in this revolution are going to cry victory. There will be victims, martyrs, but they are going to win.”

euronews:
“Can we say these are the final moments of Gaddafi’s regime?”

Al-Mismari:
“Absolutely.”

euronews:
“One last question: what exactly do you expect from Europe as far as humanitarian aid is concerned?”

Al-Mismari:
“We are asking European countries to do everything possible to put a stop to flights bringing in mercenaries, especially those from African nations, but also from Europe because there are planes with mercenaries on board, heading to Libya. The other help we expect from Europe is food aid as well as medicine and doctors.”