Libya's Interior Minister says intelligence apparatus is compromised, vows to dissolve militias

Libya's Interior Minister says intelligence apparatus is compromised, vows to dissolve militias

February 23, 2020 - 20:44
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said in a press conference in Tripoli on Sunday that several officers from the Ministry had been arrested as part of an investigation by the General Intelligence Apparatus into pro-Haftar sleeper cells in Tripoli and western Libya.

Bashagha accused militias, without naming them, of compromising the intelligence apparatus and anti-corruption apparatus at the Interior Ministry, adding that they want to dissolve the organized crime networks and militias that are assaulting police apparatuses all across Libya, indicating that there's no difference between militias from the east or west of Libya.

"The militias I mean are the ones taking advantage of the ongoing efforts to defend Tripoli by assaulting state institutions. However, those who are defending Tripoli are our sons and state institutions' cadets not militias." He added.

Bashagha remarked that the militia that compromised the intelligence apparatus started to plot against the police and the Public Prosecutor's Office, saying that any force that is kidnapping and assaulting civilians is a militia.

He explained that his Ministry won't be easy on the militias that take advantage of the security forces, saying there is corruption within the Ministry.

The General Intelligence arrested days ago a former Brigadier General named Shukri Labeeb who was working for Haftar's forces and their sleeper cells in western Libya. He gave details about several Interior Ministry officers working for Haftar.