Mansour Dhao

Mansour Dhao Ibrahim (Arabic: منصور ضو إبراهيم; sometimes spelled Dao or Daw) is a Libyan former politician. He was a prominent figure in the Gaddafi government, serving as Muammar Gaddafi's chief of security until they were both captured. Dhao was the leader of the regime's People's Guard.[1]

Dhao fled with Gaddafi during the Battle of Tripoli. On 20 October 2011, Dhao was captured in Sirte,[2] despite earlier reports that he was in Niger.[3] He was injured after a NATO airstrike destroyed the convoy in which he and Gaddafi were traveling, and he was taken into custody by fighters from Misrata. Dhao was quoted at length in a New York Times piece published two days later in which he said he had been in Sirte since late August, he regretted his decision to remain loyal to Gaddafi, and his jailers were treating him well. Dhao also denied any role in the crackdown on the during the protests of the 2011 Libyan civil war.[1]

On 24 February 2012, Dhao claimed in a prison interview with BBC that he had not been given access to a lawyer or allowed to see his family. He also defended Gaddafi's legacy and claimed that, "his ideas as a philosopher or as a thinker will live on."[4]

On 24 September 2013, it was reported that Dhao was interviewed by Le Monde special correspondent Annick Cojean for the book Gaddafi's Harem. Dhao denied any role in facilitating Gaddafi's alleged sexual abuse.[5][6][7]

In February 2015, Dhao appeared by video link from Misrata in his trial.[8]

On 12 August 2015, Dhao was among the nine top Gaddafi loyalists sentenced to death, along with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Abdullah Senussi, Baghdadi Mahmudi, Abuzed Dorda, Milad Salem Daman, Mondher Mukhtar al-Gheneimi, Abdul Hamid Ammar Waheda, and Awidaat Ghandour al-Noubi.[9]

On 26 October 2015, Human Rights Watch reported that Dhao alleged during a court session that the prosecution had offered to release him if he testified against Abdullah Senussi.[10]


  1. ^ a b Fahim, Kareem (22 October 2011). "In His Last Days, Qaddafi Wearied of Fugitive's Life". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Libya's Col Gaddafi killed". BBC News. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Libya conflict: Gaddafi aide Mansour Daw 'in Niamey'". BBC. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Gaddafi right hand man General Dhao unbowed by capture". BBC News. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Former Muammar Gaddafi security chief Mansour Daw lifts the lid on dictator's harem". The Courier Mail.
  6. ^ Cojean, Annick (22 September 2013). "Muammar Gaddafi's sexual crimes". Salon. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Book review: Gaddafi's Harem, By Annick Cojean, trans. Marjolijn de". The Independent. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Trial of Gaddafi's son exposes 'weak government' in Libya". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Libya death sentences cast long shadow over rule of law". BBC News. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Libya: Gaddafi Son Speaks From Jail". Human Rights Watch. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2022.