Calls for Attorney General to prosecute Presidential Council members raises tensions

Calls for Attorney General to prosecute Presidential Council members raises tensions

(LibyaNN)- In response to the complaint filing to the Attorney General naming The head of the National Oil Corporation; Chairman Sanallah, launched a televised attack against the Central Bank of Libya, Siddiq al-Kabir, criticizing his financial policy and his role in the economic crisis country is going through.

Sanallah's assertions about the Syrians' presence, in particular, aroused the discontent of a large segment of the Libyan population who have seen Syrians only in the ranks of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and blamed Turkey for sending Syrian trained troops to fight its civil war.

The Head of the Audit Bureau, Khaled Shakshak, said that he is prepared to brief the House of Representatives in Tripoli on suspicions of corruption and violations of the Al-Inma Financial Investments Holding Company, the Public Health Insurance Fund and the Libyan Fund for Internal Investment and Development.

In a letter, which he sent to the monitoring committee of the HoR in Tripoli, Shakshak indicated that the officials in the aforementioned bodies have been implicated in the mismanagement of public funds by wasting it, smuggling it abroad and transferring it to private personal accounts.

He added that these cases involve fraud, extortion, bribery, corruption, palm-greasing, blackmail and the fulfillment of private interests at the expense of the public interest.

The Governor of the Tripoli-based Central Bank of Libya (CBL), Siddiq al-Kabir, accused the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) of being involved in wasting public money, warning of the collapse of the state's financial and monetary stability due to the high record of the total public debt.

In a hearing before the parallel parliament in Tripoli, Al-Kabir said that the total spending during the term of GNA during the years 2016-2020 amounted to about 241 billion dinars, compared to oil revenues of 96 billion dinars.

Al-Kabir accused GNA Finance Ministry of failing to collect non-oil sovereign revenues from customs, taxes, services, fees, communications, and others, pointing out that the deficit amounted to about 51 percent 45 percent in 2019 and a shortage of 58 percent in 2018.

On November 22, an announcement on the CBL website accused NOC of being responsible for a missing LYD2.6bn ($1.8bn) in LFB's accounts.

Hours later, the NOC issued a denial, branding the bank's claim "misleading" and accusing the CBL of being in a "state of fragmentation and crumbling."

A day later, a militia tried to control the NOC headquarters to remind the precarious state of governance and potentially of its restored export barrels—in this war-torn country.

Sanallah's assertions about the Syrians' presence, in particular, aroused the discontent of a large segment of the Libyan population who have seen Syrians only in the ranks of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and blamed Turkey for sending Syrian trained troops to fight its civil war.

Contrary to Sanallah's declaration, On December 7, 2019: Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) formally petitioned Turkish military intervention and asking for Turkey to provide air, ground, and sea support to its militias in Tripoli against the Libyan National Army (LNA) to capture the capital.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that troops will be sent to Libya upon the request of the interim government in Tripoli and that the parliament is expected to pass the decree on January 8.

The US Defence Department's inspector general confirmed that Turkey transferred between 3,500 and 3,800 Syrian mercenaries to Libya over the first three months of 2020.

The report further quoted US Africa Command as saying 300 Turkish-supported Syrian rebels landed in Libya in early April.