As coalition forces including Britain enforce a no-fly zone over Libya and attempt to protect the Libyan people from Gaddafi's regime, squatters have taken over his London home. A group calling itself "Topple the tyrants" have occupied the £10.9m house in Hampstead now for two weeks and are adamant on staying until Gaddafi leaves office in Libya.
A Bloomberg News story this morning stated that one of the squatters a 22-year-old Libyan named Naas from the opposition stronghold of Benghazi had said "We want to return this house and other assets to the Libyan people, they are the true owners. As soon as all the properties are returned to the Libyan people, I'm out of here."
The registered owner of the property is Capitana Seas Ltd., a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands that paid £10m for the house in May 2009. The Metropolitan Police consider the property to be Saif al-Islam's, Gaddafi's second oldest son and former student at the London School of Economics.
The occupied London house, a Georgian-style mansion on Winnington Close, was listed for sale in July 2009 for £12.5m, according to Zoopla, the property website. It had been available to rent for £9,750 according to London-based Glentree Estates, which was handling the property.