Spain freezes Gaddafi tourism project, sends aid

Wed Mar 2, 2011 2:47pm GMT

* Project included golf course and convention centre

* Spain sends tents, food to Libyan-Tunisian border

* Madrid pledges 300 mln euros in development aid

By Emma Pinedo

MADRID, March 2 (Reuters) - Spain has frozen a tourism project on the Costa del Sol owned by Muammar Gaddafi and is seeking other assets and bank accounts linked to the Libyan leader, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

It said the government was acting in accordance with sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United Nations against Gaddafi, whose military is fighting against a rebellion that has taken control of much of Libya.

Gaddafi planned to build an estimated 2,000 homes, a golf course and a convention centre on the site in Benahavis, near Marbella, the ministry said.

The block on the property means it cannot be used for profit or be sold.   Continued...

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