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LIBYA: Moammar Kadafi's daughter reportedly attempts to fly to Malta

February 23, 2011 | 10:00 am

Kadafi Moammar Kadafi's daughter attempted to leave Libya for Malta before being turned away Wednesday, Al Jazeera English reported.

Aicha Kadafi was aboard a small aircraft carrying 14 people and circled for 45 minutes until officials turned her away, government officials in Malta told Al Jazeera.

Kadafi is known to be being particularly close to her father and told London's Sunday Telegraph in October that "people forget that before he is a great man and leader, he is also my father, my friend and my brother. He is very close to me, and I feel so safe when I am with him. My love for him is beyond description, and we spend as much time as possible together."

She is a lawyer who joined the defense team for Saddam Hussein and gave an award through her charity group to Muntather Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoe at former President George W. Bush during a Baghdad press conference in 2008.

-- Garrett Therolf

Photo: Aicha Kadafi in an undated file photo Credit: Associated Press