Libya's Presidential Council to probe Bernard Levy's visit

Libya's Presidential Council to probe Bernard Levy's visit

July 29, 2020 - 22:10
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Presidential Council has formed an investigation committee to probe the visit of French writer Bernard Levy to Libya. The committee is headed by internal security apparatus and with deputy ministers of interior and transportation as well as an intelligence official as members.

The Presidential Council said the committee will investigate how Levy entered Libya via Misrata Airport, saying the probe will include interrogation of director general of the airport and its security and passports' director, in addition to internal security apparatus and the intelligence department.

It called for the investigation results to be delivered after five days starting July 29.

The French writer, Bernard Levy, arrived Saturday in Libya on a private jet on an unannounced visit, whose purpose was considered mysterious by many Libyans amid France's support for Khalifa Haftar against the legitimate Government of National Accord.

Meanwhile, the GNA’s Presidential Council said it had no knowledge of the visit of Bernard Levy to Libya, vowing to investigate the details of the visit and bring those behind it to justice for violations of state laws and legitimacy of the GNA.

Levy said he had obtained his entry visa to Libya via the newspaper he works for not through the Interior Ministry of Libya.

He told Libya Alahrar TV on Saturday that he had obtained a regular visa and he had visited Libya by an invitation from Misrata and Tarhouna to write a report on the cities, mass graves and other issues in western Libya for US-based Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal, however, told The New Arab's Arabic-language service that the newspaper did not commission a Libya field report from Levy.

"The Wall Street Journal's opinion department has worked with Bernard Henry Levy in the past, but his visit to Libya is not mandated by the newspaper," Wall Street Journal spokeswoman Colleen Schwartz said in an emailed statement.