Mutassim Kadhafi (left) was killed with his father on October 20 last year
Mutassim Kadhafi (left), son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) in Moscow on October 29, 2008. A French court Tuesday sentenced a Lebanese businessman in absentia to eight years in prison over a high-end prostitution ring operating at the Cannes Film Festival that had ties to Mutassim, who was killed last year. © Dmitry Kostyukov - AFP
Mutassim Kadhafi (left) was killed with his father on October 20 last year
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Last updated: October 23, 2012

Prostitution kingpin linked to Kadhafi son sentenced

A French court Tuesday sentenced a Lebanese businessman in absentia to eight years in prison over a high-end prostitution ring operating at the Cannes Film Festival that had ties to a slain son of Moamer Kadhafi.

The judge also slapped a 50,000 euro ($64,000) fine on Elie Nahas, a Lebanese who claimed to run a modelling agency employing young women recruited in South America, France and eastern Europe.

Prosecutor Damien Martinelli described Nahas as a "businessman dealing in prostitution" and had called for a 200,000 euro fine.

Nahas was also described as a "guy Friday" of Mutassim Kadhafi, one of the sons of the Libyan former dictator.

Six men and a woman were on trial in the southern French port city of Marseille but the five chief figures -- including Nahas -- are on the run.

Nahas is accused of organising a birthday bash for Mutassim Kadhafi in 2004 costing $1.5 million (1.1 million euros) with several stars and about 20 models in attendance.

Mutassim Kadhafi was killed with his father on October 20 last year. Investigators never questioned the son.

A Venezuelan named Felix Farias, who worked for a branch of Nahas's agency and caused a scandal in 2007 when he turned up at Paris airport with eight young women to attend the Cannes Film Festival, got a three-year jail sentence of which two were suspended.

The others got terms ranging from three to six years.

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