Spain freezes Gaddafi tourism project, sends aid

By REUTERS
March 2, 2011 17:03
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MADRID - Spain has frozen a tourism project on the Costa del Sol owned by Muammar Gaddafi and is seeking other assets and bank accounts linked to the Libyan leader, the Spanish foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

It said the government was acting in accordance with sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United Nations against Gaddafi, whose military is fighting against a rebellion that has taken control of much of Libya.

Gaddafi planned to build an estimated 2,000 homes, a golf course and a convention centre on the site in Benahavis, near Marbella, the ministry said.

The block on the property means it cannot be used for profit or be sold.

The measures against Gaddafi were reported by the Spanish news agency EFE and the ministry confirmed they had been carried out when contacted by Reuters.

The ministry has also sent an aircraft with 30.5 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the Libya-Tunisian border where as many as 10,000 refugees fleeing the uprising have arrived.

The United Nations would distribute the material, which included blankets, tents, cooking kits and water storage containers, the Spanish Agency for International Aid for Development told Reuters.

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