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Damascus Security Forces Issue Order to Arrest Gaddafi’s Daughter-in-Law

Damascus Security Forces Issue Order to Arrest Gaddafi’s Daughter-in-Law

Wednesday, 27 January, 2021 - 10:00
General view shows Damascus, Syria. Reuters file photo

An official directive has been issued by security forces in Damascus to arrest the daughter-in-law of former Libyan dictator Muammar Al-Gaddafi, who has been accused of deliberately running over policemen and pedestrians in the Syrian capital on Sunday night.


The order for Aline Skaf’s arrest follows a media scandal erupting over an influential figure stepping in to rescue her from arrest on the night of the incident.


Media outlets have reported that an unknown influential figure in Syria personally intervened to disperse internal security forces that surrounded the crime scene at the Chiekh Saad neighborhood, where Skaf rammed into three policemen and two civilians in a four-wheel drive vehicle.


“No one cares for the innocent victims, all that matters is that Gaddafi’s daughter-in-law remains happy that there is someone to support her,” an angered resident of Chiekh Saad complained to Asharq Al-Awsat.


“When we heard the sound of the shooting, we thought that it was a pursuit of terrorists, and it did not occur to us that the case involved a drunk woman cursing the police, security forces and a senior official in the country,” they recounted from the night of the incident.


“Despite all that, she went unpunished,” they added cynically, noting that the poor who do not enjoy clout in the country do not even dare to raise their voices at authorities.


Opposition news site “Voice of the Capital” published a number of pictures of the accident that shook Damascus, showing “a woman ramming through crowds and running over at least three policemen, two civilians, and motorbikes, while driving carelessly in the Mazzeh neighborhood, near the 14th buildings.”


Local sources confirmed that the vehicle was a four-wheel drive and was accompanied by an escort vehicle.


After the escort tried to use weapons to open the road, the security cordon was tightened and forcibly stopped Skaf’s car. Skaf was screaming and cursing hysterically.


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