Fasial Feituri and Basit Igtet.

Faisal Feituri, Top Aid to Sara Bronfman’s Husband Basit Igtet, Breaks From Former Boss; Denounces Igtet’s Anti-American Stances

The Frank Report is aware of a political shift that may make things more difficult for Basit Igtet and his political ambitions in his native Libya.

A former associate and top publicist for Basit Igtet, American-Libyan Faisal Feituri, has reportedly broken with Igtet’s political group.

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Faisal Feituri, the man behind the rise of Basit Igtet, has left the camp of Igtet because of his troubling ties with America’s enemies.

A confidential source inside Igtet’s political camp revealed exclusively to the Frank Report that Feituri, who served as Igtet’s right-hand man for years, broke with Igtet over a number of “ethical reasons and personal differences.”

The alleged final breaking point was Igtet’s appearance as a witness in the Abu Khatallah case, the man behind American ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’ death in Libya.
Reportedly, Igtet was advised repeatedly by Feituri not to interfere in this sensitive case, both for political considerations and for ethical reasons.

Since 2013, Feituri served as Igtet’s campaign director and political advisor.

The same source indicates that Feituri’s departure was many months – if not years – in the making, and likely signals the end of any American support or political goodwill towards Igtet.

Another campaign insider confirms that Feituri had been a constant critic of Igtet’s personal relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, and, more specifically, of his personal relationships with senior members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).

Frank Report was also able to learn that a money dispute may also be fueling the feud, with Igtet allegedly owing Feituri $500,000.

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Since the first Libyan civil war of 2011, when Muammar Gaddafi was executed, tens of thousands of Libyans have died, and the country has been torn by regional and tribal conflict.  The second Libyan Civil war began in 2014 – and it’s still going on.

Basit’s late father was accused of embezzling millions of dollars from the Gaddafi government and sent to prison. Basit fled to Switzerland and lived in exile for years.

Igtet alternatively said Gaddafi’s henchmen suffocated his father in retaliation for his outspoken activism against the Gaddafi regime, and his work building the National Library at Benghazi University.

Much of Igtet’s rise to prominence can be traced to two factors: Iget’s marriage to Seagram’s heiress Sara Bronfman, and his access to her nine-figure net worth – and Feituri’s management and public relation skills.

Igtet emerged as well-mannered, well-groomed, and articulate – and played the part of a well-heeled man, which he wasn’t.

After marrying Bronfman, Basit went through another transformation and became a student of his wife’s ”Vanguard”, Keith Raniere, the leader of the Nxivm sex cult.

Despite being married to a Jewish woman, the daughter of Edgar Bronfman, Sr, the late billionaire chairman of the Seagram’s liquor company and longtime president of the World Jewish Congress, Igtet had political ambitions in his homeland of Libya, a predominantly Muslim nation.

Raniere began to coach him that he could be the next leader of Libya, according to NXIVM members at the time.

Raniere, who was convicted of sex trafficking, racketeering and forced labor in 2019, faces up to life in prison. The sex cult leader reportedly told Igtet that he should run for Prime Minister of Libya despite the fact of his having a Jewish wife, and his not having lived in Libya for decades.

Igtet ran for Prime Minister in 2014, funded with his wife’s money.

While he never had a chance of winning, he projected a credible campaign, aided by Feituri.

Though he lost, his leadership ambitions were still very much alive and, consequently, Igtet began to make friends with numerous radical Islamic groups and individuals.

Already wary of the many points of contact between Igtet and Islamic extremists, Feituri became reportedly even more distressed by his boss’s involvement with the “Butcher from Benghazi.”

Back in 2013, Igtet met Abu Khatallah, the mastermind behind the terrorist attack on the US embassy in Benghazi, that killed a US ambassador and three other American officials.

Khatallah was later captured in Libya, on June 15, 2014, and brought to the United States to face trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Abu Khatallah had few friends after he was charged for terrorism against the USA. But Basit Igtet stuck by him.

That should have been the end of Igtet’s association with him – but it was not.

In 2017, Khatallah was tried and convicted on US federal terrorism charges and other offenses stemming from the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Igtet testified for Khatallah at his criminal trial, possibly hoping to curry favor with the Islamic extremists.

Igtet’s testimony on behalf of Khatallah was not enough.

Khatallah was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to terrorists, providing material support or resources to terrorists, maliciously destroying and injuring dwellings and property, placing lives in jeopardy within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, and using and carrying a semiautomatic weapon during a crime of violence.

On June 27, 2018, Khatallah was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

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Basit Igtet in Tripoli
When Igtet attempted to become president of Libya in 2017, he reportedly got hidden support from the Libyan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood – and, more significantly, from al-Qaeda.
Igtet held a rally on September 25, 2017 that was meant to overthrow the American-backed government of Libya and install him as president.
He held his rally at Martyrs Square in Tripoli. Supporters were expected to convene based on his Social Media campaign.

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From the Libya Observer website: “The founder of what has come to be known as the 25th of September Movement, Basit Igtet, has declared on his official Facebook page that demonstrations will continue throughout Libyan cities.”

“The founder of September 25 Movement, Basit Igtet, declared Tuesday that he intends to form a new government before the end of next October.”

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On the morning of the protests, Igtet arrived in Tripoli – and found that his supporters were nowhere to be seen.

Some, however, noted the irony of Igtet trying to install himself as president through a violent radical fundamentalist Muslims, while he was funded by a Jewish wife, an heiress of the Seagram’s Liquor fortune.

Fundamentalist Muslims are forbidden alcohol – and Libyan law does not allow a man who marries a non-Libyan to become president of Libya.

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Who is Basit Igtet and what does he stand for?

Forbes magazine was smart enough to out Keith Raniere as a cult leader, but not so smart when they published a puff piece on Igtet.

“Libyan businessman Basit Igtet is a designer. A former fashion exhibitor, he designed clothes. A former urban planner, he designed infrastructure projects for the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. An entrepreneur, he designed asset management and engineering enterprises spanning several continents. […] Now Igtet wants to redesign his homeland.”

Igtet exaggerated, if not outright lied about his accomplishments.

“Igtet is living in a world of fantasies,” panned Karim Mezran, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, who told Forbes Magazine: “They have no clue who he is. He’s not as well-known as he would like to make himself out to be in the West.”

Faisal Feituri [blue jacket] and Basit Igtet [grey jacket]
Whether or not the defection of his top political advisor will spell trouble for Igtet, only the future can tell. It is unclear how much Feituri knows about Igtet’s contacts with enemies of America.

We are hoping that this move by Feituri signals a new trend in the Libyan-American society – one that rejects extremism and embraces the democratic values of international cooperation and respect for the rule of law.

[Stay tuned, as the Frank Report will continue to follow and report on Faisal Feituri’s story.]


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  • This is an unnecessary attack on a good woman’s husband. So now you are going to destroy this family like you do to her sister? When is your bloodlust ever satisfied? Leave Sara alone! Leave her husband alone. For the sake of their children. You are opening up a dangerous game with Jamāʿat al-Ikhwān al-Muslimīn.

    • Is this a threat Mr. al-Banna? Frank’s ‘game’ is only dangerous to criminality, also ‘game’ is not a word used to describe ‘Law’ in the US.

      We all have a stake in deposing these arrant criminals, and may do that as we see fit in our speech, spoken and written; it’s a funny old ‘game’ you may of heard of it, its called ‘freedom of speech’ its a basic tenet of ‘democracy.’

      Also who are we ‘opening up a dangerous game’ with? Don’t recognise the name – is that your dad? Your big bro? your cousin?

  • Frank, please try to reach out to this guy. He probably knows a lot about Sara and Basit. And so far Sara got away with no charges.

  • Cleanup on aisle, IDon’tGetIt. Somebody help Sara and Basit the hounddog. There are no colostomy bags for all of this spuming, odiferous character leakage. It just keeps globbing up in piles, everywhere the crackpots venture. The scent of lifetimes. Da da da, da da da, Daaa-dddy. And my tart belongs to Daddy. Jeez.

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