Reports surfaced today that Malta officials denied landing permission to an aircraft that was supposedly transporting Aisha Gadhafi, the daughter of Libya's Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
After circling for 20 minutes without the go-ahead to land, the pilots eventually decided to return home. The Libyan government later declined to confirm that Aisha Gadhafi was aboard the aircraft, Al-Jazeera reported.
Gadhafi's presence on the airplane may still be the stuff of rumor, but Surge Desk has five facts to help you get to know the dictator's daughter.
1. She joined Saddam Hussein's legal defense team
In an October interview with The Telegraph, Gadhafi explained her decision:
2. She's not one to be interviewed
I studied law and I felt duty bound to defend anyone who feels he is wrongly accused. The reason I felt so committed was because there was so much of a campaign to discredit him in the media -- pictures of him wearing underwear, having his teeth checked and so on. It was all designed to make him look inhumane. I also felt a drive to defend the Iraqi people.
According to the Muslimah Media Watch, Aisha tends to be an elusive interview subject and difficult to reach for a quote, so The Telegraph might feel extra proud of its scoop.
3. She has many brothers
Aisha is the only female among her father's eight children.
4. She was recognized as a U.N. goodwill ambassador
In 2009, the United Nations appointed Gadhafi as a U.N. goodwill ambassador to recognize her work in raising awareness of HIV, poverty and women's rights.
5. She thinks very highly of her father
Also taken from the interview with The Telegraph:
The man is the man. He never changes. He is a man of principles, he believes in causes, defending the poor and underdog, he never changes the main ideas that he believes in. I would say that now the future of Libya is very promising, bright and optimistic. It is taking its rightful place in the international community and everyone is seeking good ties with us
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