Demands to suspend membership of some LPDF delegates on allegations of corruption

Demands to suspend membership of some LPDF delegates on allegations of corruption

November 19, 2020 - 19:03
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

Members taking part in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) have called on the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to dismiss some delegates from the talks upon accusations of corruption and using political money to buy loyalty in Tunisia-based Libyan dialogue.

This came in a statement issued by some delegates of the LPDF, in which they demanded the UNSMIL to investigate into claims of corruption involving attempts to gain influence over some parties in the LPDF by buying their support.

"Such practices are a gross violation of the criminal law and the Libyan and Tunisian laws" the statement read, emphasizing the need for a transparent investigation and to inform the Libyans of the results.

Around 68 delegates to the LPDF signed the statement, according to Abdul Qadir Hawili, a member representing the High Council of State (HCS) in the Tunisian talks.

The HCS member confirmed that they had received an official notification from the UN mission that the document had been received and it would be referred to the expert panel of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee.

"We consider this step a national position and all members of the forum must take the same approach, Hawili said, stressing that the results of the investigations must be disclosed to identify who was involved and clear the names of the patriots from this scandal.

The dialogue in Tunisia ended on Sunday without naming a new government, amid accusations of attempts to buy decisions in order to appoint certain names in sovereign positions.