Spain has blocked plans by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to build nearly 2,000 luxury flats on a property he owns in the country's southern Costa del Sol region, Foreign Ministry sources said Wednesday.

The complex in Benahavis, in the Malaga province, would also have included a golf course and a congress centre.

The project was blocked in order to prevent Gaddafi from profiting from it economically, the sources said. The measure was based on sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council and by the European Union against the Libyan regime.Spain is investigating whether Gaddafi has other properties or financial assets in the country, the sources said.

Gaddafi made a private visit to Malaga in December 2007.

Source: Monsters and Critics