What's it's like when Muammar Qaddafi's son is sitting next to you in class? A former student at the London School of Economics--Doug Flahaut--writes about his experiences with Saif Qaddafi at the school, the subject recently of much controversy. Our quick-and-dirty summary:
'Saif al-Islam,' End of Story
Saif didn't draw much attention to his familial roots, Flahaut writes. "He rarely spoke of his family, and, apart from being unmistakably wealthy, behaved much like the rest of us. When he introduced himself, his full name was always 'Saif Al-Islam.' Full stop."
Not Your Average Student
But nonetheless, it was clear that Saif was different from the rest of the LSE students, Flahaut says. "The designer clothes, the Bentley and driver waiting in the narrow street outside after our seminars, the guards that accompanied him everywhere," he writes, made more sense after he learned that Saif was Muammar Qaddafi's son. Saif had "reportedly offered to fly one of the prettier girls in our program on his private jet to his yacht in the Mediterranean for a weekend," as well.
Bodyguards at All Times
Flahaut writes that Saif had one or two bodyguards everywhere he went. He describes that even getting coffee with Saif involved his bodyguards.
Saif's Posh Party
Flahaut tells of an opulent party that Saif threw for the students and professors in his program at a club in London's Mayfair district, a lobster dinner where the champagne, wine, and Johnny Walker Blue flowed freely. Saif, however, was sober, he says.
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