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Gaddafi's son tried to make it to Mexico

A shady international plot to smuggle him to Mexico predictably failed. Still, a shady international plot!
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You can't blame a guy for trying. (AFP/Getty Images)

There was actually an international plot to smuggle one of Gaddafi's sons into Mexico. 

This sounds a little bit far-fetched, but there it is, coming from Mexico's interior secretary, Alejandro Poire.

Saadi Gaddafi was considered the playboy of the family, and he's still wanted by Interpol.

As the end neared, apparently, he tried to flee to Mexico with his family in what officials said was an elaborate plan with several safe houses throughout the country, as well as false names supported by forged Mexican documents.

In the end, Saadi only made it to Niger, a west African country that actually borders Libya.

He did not get far. He's under house arrest there, which has got to be painfully boring at best.

We can see why he'd be interested in making a move, though. Niger is just a big, dusty desert with terrible food. In Mexico, his safe houses would have included one just north of Puerto Vallarta, which wouldn't be a bad place to hide at all.

Mexican officials said that they uncovered the plot in September as Saadi fled his own country. 

They named a Canadian woman, the leader of the plot, and three other suspects, including a Dane and two Mexicans.

The plotters allegedly jetted into Mexico, opened bank accounts and bought properties meant to be used as safe houses in several parts of the country, including one at the resort of Bahia de las Banderas on Mexico's Pacific coast. 

"The large economic resources which this criminal organization has, or had, allowed them to contract private flights," Poire told a news conference.

This isn't the first time that wacky conspiracy theory stuff has come out of Mexico. Remember that plot that involved Iranians and drug cartels? Or the reports of al Shabaab, the Somali terrorist group, planning an attack in Mexico?

At this point, Mexico is apparently so mired in the resident evil of the drug cartels that nobody really knows what to believe anymore. It makes people believe that anything is possible these days. It's a dangerous perception, and more so because it could be true.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/gaddafis-son-tried-make-it-mexico

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