Libya Presidential Council to probe corruption cases against ministers

Libya Presidential Council to probe corruption cases against ministers

May 06, 2018 - 18:18
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Presidential Council said it was carrying out an investigation into corruption charges against a number of its government ministers.

The spokesman for the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj, Mohammed El Sallak, tweeted Sunday that Al-Sirraj was following the corruption allegations against his cabinet ministers and ordered a probe into the charges in order to take the needed legal measures.

Former Libyan consul in Egypt, Adel al-Hassi, has made some claims of corruption and fraud against finance minister, Osama Hamad, vice head of the PC, Fathi Al-Mijibri, and foreign minister Mohammed Sayala, saying they asked him to order a pay check of 15000 dollars per month for Saleh Daghim – the father of House of Representatives member Ziyad Daghim – as payment for his salaries.

The consul said Daghim’s father is in bad health conditions and is not working in the consulate.

Al-Hassi accused also former Vice President of the Presidential Council Ali al-Qatrani of falsifying papers to claim ownership on land owned by the Libyan state in Egypt.

According to al-Hassi the land is worth more than 850 million USD$ and was intended for the brother of Ali al-Qatrani, Mohammed al-Qatrani.

Meanwhile 34 members of parliament have urged the Attorney General to set up an investigation into these claims. They also demanded removal of the involved MPs’ parliamentary immunity.

However, HoR member Daghim found the call for lifting immunity cynical saying “Do we have an attorney general in the legitimate bodies-controlled area or do they mean that who is living in fear in the city of militias,” referring to Tripoli.

“All those who called for investigating me are involved in dubious issues like appointing their relatives in embassies and ministries as well as other official bodies, not to mention those who profit off the letters of credit.” Daghim remarked.

He added that the fact that the signing 34 HoR members are mostly from western Libya is another proof for regionalism in the country.