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Kadhafi's son linked to Cannes prostitution ring in French trial

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Two men and a woman appeared in a French court on Monday in a case over a Cannes Film Festival high class prostitution ring with links to one of Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi’s sons.
 

Patrick Rizzo, lawyer for an anti-procuring charity that is a civil party to the trial, maintains "the political context" in 2007 and 2008 hampered an earlier linked investigation.

"Colonel Kadhafi was received at the Elysée [French presidential palace] at the time, he was France's good friend," Rizzo said.

"All this context did not favour international investigations."

Seven men and a woman went on trial in the southern port city of Marseille, though the five key figures are on the run and are being tried in absentia.

They include Elie Nahas, a Lebanese national who claimed to run a modelling agency employing young women recruited in South America, France and eastern Europe.

In court were an alleged escort girl from Cannes, Sabrina Samari, who has admitted procuring women; a Venezuelan named Felix Farias who worked for a branch of Nahas's agency; and a Lebanese driver, Antoine El Khoury.

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Nahas is accused of organising a birthday bash for one of Kadhafi's sons Mutassim in 2004 costing 1.1 million euros attended by several stars and about 20 models.

Mutassim Kadhafi was killed with his father on October 20 last year. He was never questioned by investigators.

Farias had earlier caused a scandal in 2007 when he turned up at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport with eight young women, one of whom was a minor, to attend the Cannes Film Festival. They were refused entry.

They were due to stay on a 136-metre-long luxury yacht, La Savarona, which had been rented for 350,000 euros a week.

Wiretapped telephone conversations from the time showed the involvement of four Lebanese nationals, a Venezuelan and two escort girls from Cannes in an alleged prostitution ring, whose clients were rich men from the Middle East.

An inquiry established that young women of various nationalities including models, beauty queens and escort girls, were recruited, especially during the Cannes film festival for clients from the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait ready to pay thousands of dollars for their services.

 

 

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