Harley among $1.5B in seized Qaddafi assets

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi (L) and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (R) arrive at a ceremony for the Italia - Libya friendship day at Salvo D'Acquisto barracks, on August 30, 2010, in Rome, Italy.
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(CBS/AP) ROME - Italian tax police say they have seized $1.5 billion in assets from the late Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's family and associates, including shares in Italy's biggest bank.

The assets were frozen last year to comply with U.N. resolutions when Qaddafi's forces were attacking civilians in Libya.

The assets include a 1.256 percent share of Italian bank Unicredit, 1.5 percent of Juventus soccer team and 0.58 percent of energy giant Eni.

Tax police Ten. Col. Gavino Putzo told Sky TG24 television channel on Wednesday the assets also included a Rome apartment, land on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria and two motorcycles, including a Harley Davidson.

Al Jazeera reports the seizures also included "150 hectares of forest on Pantelleria, a picturesque Italian island halfway between Sicily and the Tunisian coast where the Colonel Gaddafi was rumored to be planning to build a holiday village."

Italian authorities said officials in the Hague, where the International Criminal Court is investigating matters related to Libya, had requested the seizure.

Qaddafi began building his vast personal fortune not long after taking power in 1969. Italy is Libya's former colonial ruler, and the two signed a "friendship treaty" in 2008 that led to a sharp rise in investments between the two. Al Jazeera reports Libya's new leaders are less friendly to their former colonial masters than Qaddafi.