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3:58 p.m., Feb. 19
As pieces of the alleged plot to smuggle Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s playboy son Saadi into Mexico begin to come together, newspapers around the world have been checking in with details of the accused conspirators.
According to an account in today's National Post of Canada, San Diego-based Veritas Worldwide Security had a disputed link to a plan to airlift the late dictator's son into the country.
On November 17, the Post broke the story that Canadian Cynthia Vanier had been arrested in Mexico City on November 10 for her alleged work in Libya during the last days of Gaddafi.
Charges included suspicion of organized crime, falsification of documents and human trafficking, the paper said.
According to today's Post account, a Vanier associate said he had helped her develop a plan to get Saadi into Mexico, but that the plan was to be legal and have the approval of the Mexican government.
The Veritas involvement began with an earlier fact-finding trip set up by Vanier's associate, the paper says.
"The former Australian soldier assembled a security team. They contracted a Hawker 800 jet from Veritas Worldwide Security, a San Diego company run by retired U.S. Marine Gregory Gillispie. He is a partner in a holding company with two of those arrested in Mexico, Ms. Huerta and Mr. Flensborg."
Gillispie reportedly told the paper that "Vanier, who still owed him $40,000 for the plane contract, had contacted him and asked to meet in Mexico City to discuss the debt. He said he sent his two partners to meet her and was 'baffled' by the arrests."
“We brokered an airplane for Cyndy Vanier, that was the entirety of our business with her," the Post quoted Gillispie as saying.
“I can see how my partners going to meet with her to get paid, and they show up and these federales [Mexican federal police] are there, I can see how circumstances would dictate that my partners get questioned or even held for a day or two.
“But for these people to be making these kinds of connections, that my partners are doing bogus passports and doing money laundering and trafficking people, this is like somebody’s reading a freaking Tom Clancy novel or something. It’s ludicrous they way they’re piecing this all together.”
pictured: Hawker 800. photo source: stratosjets.com