September 26, 2004 in Nation/World

Hannibal Gadhafi’s bodyguards injure police

Associated Press

PARIS – A son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was at the center of a commotion in Paris before dawn Saturday, after police stopped him for speeding and the Libyan’s bodyguards attacked the officers, police said.

Police stopped Hannibal Gadhafi, 28, after he raced through a red light on the Champs-Elysees at about 2 a.m. Saturday, driving a Porsche.

A group of Gadhafi’s bodyguards, who had been trailing in two cars, intervened and began hitting the two officers as they questioned him.

The blows caused injuries to one of the officers, who was given four days off work to recover, police said.

Two of the bodyguards were detained but released later Saturday after a delegation from the Libyan Embassy showed up at the police station and apologized. Gadhafi, who has diplomatic immunity, was not detained.

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