A few weeks ago, I went to check on reports that there was digging going on in Gaddafi's former compound in Tripoli. The dictator's gold, it is rumoured, lies hidden somewhere in the ground.
A group of men stopped me from entering.
On whose authority, I wanted to know?
"Authority?" the man in charge asked.
"Yes," I said, "which ministry or government department has decreed that the BBC should be prevented from seeing your digging?"
"I don't need any ministry," said the man, patting his Kalashnikov. "This is my ministry."More >>