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Squatters vow to stay put in Gaddafi London home

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Squatters vow to stay put in Gaddafi London home

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It is an unlikely battleground.

But an elegant Georgian-style house in London is part of the campaign for regime change in Libya.

Thought to be owned by Colonel Gaddafi’s high-profile son, Saif al-Islam, it has been taken over by squatters.

“These occupiers cannot be evicted by the police because of a legal loophole in the British system, unless Saif al-Islam Gaddafi goes to the court and gets an eviction order,” said euronews reporter Ali Sheikholeslami, speaking outside the mansion.

“This is our property. This is Libyan property. We make sure that this goes back to Libyan people,” said a Libyan squatter.

The property, worth more than 12 and a half million euros, had apparently been put on the market but was withdrawn from sale last month.

Fully aware of their legal rights, the squatters say they won’t budge until they are sure it will be sold and the proceeds given to the Libyan people.