Libya Investigates Fuel Smuggling to Malta, Italy, Greece and Cyprus
The Libya Herald reports that on 26 January, Libya’s Attorney General Sadiq al-Sour, who is working with the Presidential Council (PC) and its Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, launched a wide-ranging investigation into corruption in the oil sector. Al-Sour issued several warrants and travel bans against petrol company executives.
Investigations focus on the smuggling of petrol and other refined oil products from Libya to Italy, Malta, Cyprus and Greece. The trade, according to al-Sour, had cost Libya half a billion dinars. Travel bans have been issued against the chief executives of four fuel distribution companies working with the Tripoli-based Brega Petroleum Marketing Company. They are also under formal investigation.
Separately, al-Sour also announced warrants have been issued against a number of government ministers also suspected of involvement in corruption. However, he did not name them or which government they belong to or state the nature of their supposed illicit activities. His action appears to be in cooperation with the chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanalla, who has called for legal action against smugglers.
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