Libyan leader swears to assassinate Italian Prime Minister
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has sworn to assassinate Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported on Saturday. Established in 1876, Corriere della Sera is among the oldest and most reputable Italian newspapers.

Speaking to the newspaper, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says the Italian intelligence has learned of a plan by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to have him assassinated.

“Because that’s what he decided, he swore to this himself,” Berlusconi told Corriere della Serra.

Berlusconi did not go into detail about where the information came from but said it was from “reliable sources.”
Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi

Italy has been involved in the NATO military operation in support of the Libyan rebels. Gadhafi in speeches to the Libyan people has threatened terrorist actions in Europe in reprisal.

The PM emphasized that he had initially opposed a military solution to the Libyan crisis but eventually bent under US pressure and the results of a parliamentary vote.

“What choice did I have considering America’s pressure President Georgio Napolitano’s stance, and the Parliament’s decision?” Berlusconi said. Italy is a unitary parliamentary republic with the President as ceremonial figure and the real power in hands of the Prime Minister.

Gaddafi once considered the Italian Prime Minister his best friend in Europe, and now harbored deep resentment towards him as a result of that painful betrayal. The NATO airstrikes had killed one of Gaddafi’s son and three of his grandchildren.
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