Libya’s Attorney General receives financial corruption files

Libya’s Attorney General receives financial corruption files

February 11, 2016 - 20:39
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Information and Finance Unit in the Central Bank of Libya and the Audit Bureau have delivered a number of financial corruption files to the Attorney General Office.

The Head of Investigations Bureau in the General Attorney Office, Al-Siddeek Al-Sawr, said in a press conference Thursday that the files include money laundry cases, bank bonds and credits used to smuggle hundreds of millions in foreign currency by using counterfeit Customs papers.

He pointed out that the General Attorney Office has finished investigating all the data of the cases and issued arrest warrants for the persons involved, some of whom had previously forged Documentary credits and imported empty containers, 50 of which were examined by the General Attorney Office in Tripoli port, 200 in Misrata, and others in Al-Khumus port.

“These violations have been depicted and we issued travel bans and interrogation warrants for the persons involved.” Al-Sawr elaborated, adding that security departments had arrested a businessman earlier this week as he was trying to leave the country via Mitiga airport in Tripoli, and he is now held in pending investigation, let alone the other persons who were captured, according to him.

Al-Sawr confirmed that there are also arrest warrants that will be issued against former officials, banks’ officials, both directors and credit department managers who were proved guilty for wasting public money, besides other corruption cases of ministerial officials in all current and previous governments that were delivered to the General Attorney Office via the Audit Bureau’s report.

Commenting on the news of Hannibal Gaddafi, who is jailed in Lebanon, Al-Sawr said that there are some talks underway with the Lebanese authorities that aim at extraditing him, underlining that the General Attorney Office had already provided the Lebanese authorities with a file of Hannibal’s crimes of murder and corruption.

On the other hand, Al-Sawr disclosed that the General Attorney Office has got over 300 cases for persons that are accused of terrorism-linked activities.