Misappropriation of funds at the Libyan embassy in Rome. Italian authorities called on to prosecute officials at the embassy

Misappropriation of funds at the Libyan embassy in Rome. Italian authorities called on to prosecute officials at the embassy

 

The Libyan audit bureau issued its red notice on the Libyan Rome/Vatican embassy. The statement accuses its officials of massive fraud and embezzlement of public funds for personal beyond the scope of the embassy's authority.

The report includes the withdrawal of large sums of money from the embassy accounts in cash for personal benefits and other persons or entities.

The Italian authorities have received a notice from the audit bureau through the ministry of foreign affairs to launch an immediate criminal investigation on the reported crime and direct the Public Prosecutor to submit what is required to authorize the seizure and arrest of the accused.

Omar Abdussalam Al Tarhuni, Libya's ambassador, had been personally assigned under the Deputy Minister of the Presidential council's orders.

The audit bureau said it is applying its request for assistance from the Italian government under the United Nations Convention anti-corruption forum, which would bestow enforcement powers under the bilateral arrangements between the countries, relating to a crime scene at the sovereign dwelling.

The audit bureau would look for an exemption to the prosecutor abstaining from cross-border diplomatic immunity and authorizing the foreign jurisdictional authority—the request the Italian government would take the required steps to recover these funds.