After being convicted of war crimes, Haftar liquidates properties in the US

After being convicted of war crimes, Haftar liquidates properties in the US

August 11, 2022 - 12:47
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The family of Khalifa Haftar is selling a multimillion-dollar Virginia home, along with a townhouse and other six-figure properties, after a US court ruled that Haftar was liable for war crimes, Middle East Eye (MEE) writes.

Court documents seen by the publisher show that the Haftar family has held at least 17 properties in the Virginia area alone; Nine of the Virginia area properties have been sold, including the house in Great Falls, Virginia, which was sold days after the court ruling.

Six properties, including two suburban homes in Bristow, Virginia, fetching $680,000 and $715,000, were sold between 2019 and 2020. In October 2020, a four-bedroom townhouse in Ashburn, Virginia, was sold for $702,000. Another property in Bristow, Virginia, a four-bedroom 3,600 sq ft colonial style house, was sold last November for $620,000, the MEE says.

According to the documents, Khalifa Haftar personally owns just two US properties - a condo in suburban Falls Church, Virginia, and a three-bedroom ranch in rural Virginia. The other Virginia properties are held in a limited liability company controlled by his US-based son, Oqba Haftar.

Mark Zaid, a lawyer representing one group of the plaintiffs, said, " we'll execute upon properties wherever we can find them anywhere in the world."

Haftar's family maintains a vast portfolio of international properties, with at least one mansion in an upmarket suburb of Amman, Jordan, along with real estate in the UAE, according to an associate of the family, the MEE writes.

The publisher described Haftar's case as unique. "In previous cases, it has been hard for victims to claim damages. Foreign leaders accused of human rights violations and corruption often structure their assets behind layers of shell companies to mask their wealth. It is also difficult for US courts to seize foreign assets."