Al-Jroushi: Sirraj would be branded terrorist if he refuses Haftar, threatens to arrest Al-Barghathi

Al-Jroushi: Sirraj would be branded terrorist if he refuses Haftar, threatens to arrest Al-Barghathi

April 17, 2016 - 21:18
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Written By: AbdullahBenIbrahim

Al-Mahdi Al-Barghathi, the defense minister designate of the UN-imposed government, would be arrested over his visit to Tunisia and meeting with foreigners without taking the permission of the Commander in Chief, said the chief of Khalifa Haftar’s air force.

Speaking to Alnabaa TV, Saqir Al-Jroushi said Al-Barghathi would be apprehended if he passes through any checkpoints in Benghazi because he abandoned the army and Khalifa Haftar.

"Nominating Al-Barghathi for the defense minister post is aimed at cracking the firmly united army in Benghazi," Al-Jroushi says, pointing out that Al-Barghathi’s tribe Al-Awageer has talked to Haftar and reiterated support to him.

“He will not be able to return to Benghazi again and his fate will be like that of Mohammed Al-Hijazi, the former Dignity Operation spokesman.” Al-Juroushi added.

He also disclosed that Al-Tayeb Al-Safi, one of the Gaddafi henchmen who newly returned from Egypt, had visited Khalifa Haftar in Al-Marj city on Saturday along with two Egyptian officers, indicating that the meeting was prosperous, stressing that Al-Safi spoke out his support for Haftar and the army promising him to encourage people to join Dignity camps.

“Al-Tayeb Al-Safi has got problems in Tripoli that date back to February revolution times, but he is now in his country and among his people, and it is possible that he goes on trial after the state of Libya is established.” Al-Jroushi declared.

He also declared that the head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, would be rendered as a terrorist if he does any mistake to the “army”; Khalifa Haftar's de facto armed militias.

"He will be welcomed with open arms if he supported the “army” with weapons and if he reactivated the exportation of oil." He said.

Assessing the current political situation in Tripoli, Al-Jroushi thinks that the Libyan crisis is back to square one after the election of Abdelrahman Al-Sweihli as head of the High State Council of Skhirat agreement. He confirmed that Tripoli residents are against this step, pointing out that they are in contact with some individuals in Tripoli, refusing to name them for safety reasons, who are loyal to Haftar and are receiving money and arms support.