That's about $US30,000 for every Libyan citizen and double the amount that Western governments previously had suspected.
The new estimates of the deposed dictator's hidden cash, gold reserves and investments are "staggering", one person who has studied detailed records of the asset search said Friday.
"No one truly appreciated the scope of it."
If the values prove accurate, Gaddafi will go down in history as one of the most rapacious as well as one of the most bizarre world leaders, on a scale with the late Mobutu Sese Seko in the Democratic Republic of Congo or the late Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines.
Revelation of the stunning size of the portfolio may stir anger among Libyans-about one-third of whom live in poverty.... During his 42 years in power, Gaddafi steered aid and investments to benefit his own family and tribe, but he denied support for much of the country, especially the eastern region that historically resisted his family's despotic grip on power."
Cut to Fiji.
I have recalled that at the end of March 09, Arsi went to Geneva as Fiji's Attorney General supposedly to speak at a World Trade Organisation meeting.
Also at the beginning of September 2010 , around about the same time that 200 million Fijian dollars supposedly en route to the Reserve Bank of Fiji, went missing off the wharf in Suva, Lautoka or Singapore (depending on whose investigation you believe), Arsi Saudi Kaiymuri went on a 10 day tour through Switzerland .
At the same time, Bainimarama went for a free ride with family members and body guards to New York whereafter his movements were not known (however, it only takes 7 hrs to fly to Geneva from NY) .
And on December 8th, 2010, Arsi made a point of meeting with the Swiss Ambassador Marion Weicheilt Krupski where the ususal yadiyadi press release was issued.
So here we are , a year later around the same time as last year , Arsi has gone quickly and come back from Switzerland (supposedly this time to attend a Telecommunications seminar) , OR perhaps to smell the money?
And isn't it interesting that when Arsi arrives back from his so called "Trade Meeting, Baini immediately took it's wife , merry Mary, plus his entourage of bodyguards to speak (allegedly) for 5 minutes at some Telecommunications meeting .... but we know who went / gone to Geneva to sniff his money.
Just saying ......