Abdelraziq Al-Nathori claimed that Libyan women activists were recruited as spies on Dignity Operation in Italy, Germany, Turkey, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Egypt
The military governor of east Libya and Chief of Staff of Dignity Operation forces Abdelraziq Al-Nathori accused on Sunday Libyan women activists, who support Dignity Operation and parliament, of spying for foreign countries.
Justifying his order to ban women under 60 from travelling without being chaperoned by a male relative, Al-Nathori said the travel ban was issued to maintain national security.
“We have found that foreign intelligence services had recruited our women under the cover of civil society institutions,” he told Libya Al-Hadat TV Sunday night.
Al-Nathori explained that the Libyan women activists had travelled to Italy, Germany, Turkey, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Egypt where they were recruited by foreign intelligence services.
“They –women- conveyed false reports about the armed forces; foreign intelligence services have exploited them to work against Libya with the help of other women from the UN employed for this purpose,” he remarked, accusing UN organizations of being missionaries and spying on so-called “Libyan Armed Forces.”
Al-Nathori indicated that the travel ban would be lifted when the causes end.
The travel ban was taken a week after the visit of Saudi radical Salafist cleric Osama Ataya Al-Otabi, who has become Khalifa Haftar’s religious adviser.