Cairo: One of Libya’s top anti-corruption officials has been abducted by a militia tied to the Interior Ministry in the capital, the Audit Bureau said, the latest twist in a long-running contest over the country’s vast wealth.
The abduction of Reda Gergab, the bureau’s administrative director, brought deep tensions in the Tripoli-based administration to the surface at a time of worsening economic crisis. The Audit Bureau is an independent body appointed by the Libyan Parliament in Tripoli and is a rare check on the misappropriation of funds in the oil-rich country.
“It is regrettable that the body entrusted by the community to implement the law is violating it,” the audit bureau said in a statement, accusing the Interior Ministry of “forcibly disappearing” Gergab to prevent him from uncovering financial irregularities and blocking the ministry’s large and suspicious transactions.
Although the Tripoli-based government was set up by the UN and recognised by Western countries, many of its institutions, including the Interior Ministry, are in reality staffed and controlled by unruly militias.