Japan seizes $4.4bn in Kadhafi assets: report

Leon Neal
A poster of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi is held up during a rally against the strongman. Japan has frozen $4.4 billion in assets belonging to the Libyan leader and his entourage under the terms of a UN Security Council resolution, a report said Saturday

Japan has frozen $4.4 billion in assets belonging to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi and his entourage under the terms of a UN Security Council resolution, a report said Saturday.

The assets included bank savings, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported citing data of the finance ministry, without giving fuller details. A spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on the report.

The UN Security Council, with strong support from Arab and African nations, on February 26 unanimously passed sanctions against the Kadhafi regime with the aim of stopping a crackdown on anti-government forces.

In March, Prime Minister Naoto Kan's cabinet approved the sanctions, which included an assets freeze and travel ban against several regime leaders.