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Italian MPs seek to use Libyan frozen funds to compensate Italians expelled by Gaddafi

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ROME – Members of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies are seeking to use Libya’s frozen funds in Italy to compensate Italians whom were kicked out of Libya by late dictator Muammar Gaddafi four decades ago.

Deputies of the national-conservative party of Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’Italia) presented a resolution in the Italian Foreign Affairs Commission to allocate the proceeds from the release of Libyan state funds and the Gaddafi family in Italy. The resolution aims to use these funds to primarily compensate Italians whom were expelled from Libya in 1970 and whose properties were confiscated.

“For fifty years, our compatriots are waiting for compensation,” said Andrea Delmastro, who represents Brothers of Italy party at the Foreign Affairs Commission.

“Italy, although compliant with the dictator Gaddafi, has never formally renounced to request compensation for our compatriots for Gaddafi’s piracy operation, in defiance of the international treaty signed with Italy,” he added.

Delmastro said he prefers to use these funds to compensate Italians rather than sending it to “the institutional Libyan chaos”.

“For Brothers of Italy, the rights of Italians always come first, especially if they are scorned and offended. We will see if the League will prefer the Libyan chaos to the rights of Italians,” he said in a reference to Italy’s ruling party of the League (Lega), led by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

Following the 1969 Libyan coup d’état, the so-called revolutionary council, led by Gaddafi, issued a special law to regain wealth stolen from the Libyan people by Italian colonialists.

With this law, Italians who had long lived in Libya were required to leave the country by 7 October 1970. About 20,000 Italians were expelled from Libya to Italy.

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