Sunday 22 October 2017
(BBC News Africa 06/21/13)
Muammar Gaddafi's interpreter has said Libya helped finance Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign in France - an allegation Mr Sarkozy denies. Moftah Missouri said Gaddafi had told him personally that $20m (£13m; 15m euros) were donated to the campaign. The allegations against Mr Sarkozy, first made by one of Gaddafi's sons, are already being investigated. However Mr Missouri was quoted by a French newspaper last year, saying he had been unaware of any such payments. Le Figaro, a conservative daily, interviewed the former interpreter when he visited Paris in April 2012. In the new interview, Mr Missouri said: "Gaddafi himself told me personally, verbally, that Libya had transferred about $20m." He was speaking in a video clip posted by France's...
(The Independent 06/21/13)
Sabratha, Libya - The ruins of a grandiose Roman theatre behind them, two foreigners taking pictures in the Libyan coastal city of Sabratha make a rare sight these days. The ancient Roman city used to attract more than 20 000 foreign visitors annually before the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Now the temples and mosaics overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean are usually deserted. The two European visitors touring the Unesco World Heritage site on this quiet day are geologists on a work trip to Libya. A few Libyan families and a group of boy scouts mill around. “The numbers are low these days, people no longer come to Libya as tourists. Our visitors are people who already...
(Hrw 06/21/13)
(Tripoli) – Libyan judicial authorities should immediately drop all criminal charges that violate freedom of speech over election poster cartoons against two Libyan National Party officials. Under the laws being applied in this case, the men could face the death penalty over posters their party displayed during the 2012 election campaign for the General National Congress. Authorities charged Ali Tekbali, who, as the party’s policy manager, is responsible for election campaigns; and Fathi Sager, the secretary general, under four sections of the penal code, two of which could carry the death penalty. The charges include insulting Islam and “instigating division.” Human Rights Watch attended the second session of the trial, on June 16, 2013, in Tripoli. “Why should people have...
(Libya Herald 06/21/13)
This week’sLondon roundtable in the lead up to the FDI Libya 2013 conference in the UK capital this September showed that the much-anticipated event is attracting international interest. The FDI Libya Focus 2013: Roundtable Conference on the Future of Libya’s Economic Progress, attracted senior Libyan and British government officials and diplomats from the Arab League, the UAE, Egypt and Spain. Top companies, including Shell, Libya Holdings, Gazprom and Deloitte were represented and businessmen flew in from Russia, Dubai and around the EU, as well as Libya, to attend the roundtable. FDI Libya 2013 was originally due to take place in May, but was postponed until September at the request of Libya’s Economy Ministry. Introducing the conference, co-chairman of FDI Libya,...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/13)
A German engineer working for the Swiss-based ABB group and his driver were wounded on Thursday when unidentified gunmen fired on their car in eastern Libya, a security official said. The vehicle carrying four ABB Energy engineers -- three Germans and a Czech -- had been travelling between Ajdabiya and Zwitinah, where they were working on a power station control system. The German was hit twice, in the chest and foot, and the driver, despite receiving a head wound, managed to manoeuvre the car to safety, the security official in Ajdabiya said. Both of the wounded men were treated at Ajdabiya hospital before being transferred to Libya's second city Benghazi, 130 kilometres (80 miles) to the east, the official added...
(Bloomberg 06/21/13)
And Treasury says it will work with Libyan authorities to locate more. South Africa has identified investments made on a “commercial basis” by the Libyan government domestically, including the Michelangelo Towers in Johannesburg. South Africa’s government will work with Libyan authorities to locate other assets, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said today in an e-mailed statement. The Libyan government will have to decide what it wants to do with the assets and funds, he said. Libya wants overseas assets to be returned to help replenish its sovereign wealth fund. The Libyan Investment Authority’s value has dropped to about $57-billion from $61-billion in 2008, according to Mohsen Derregia, the outgoing head of the fund. Former President Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for...
(News24 06/21/13)
Libya's prime minister on Thursday told ethnic Africans forced to flee their homes during the country's 2011 civil war to delay their planned return. The western town of Tawergha was used as a staging ground by forces loyal to ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi to attack the nearby city of Misrata. Anti-regime rebels later overran Tawergha and the town's 40 000 residents fled or were driven out by vengeful rebels. Scores were thrown into jails, where human rights groups recorded cases of torture. Now the displaced residents live in harsh conditions in refugee camps in Tripoli and Benghazi. They had declared their intention to return on 26 June, but Prime Minister Ali Zidan told a news conference that the time is...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says in the past year, 55 journalists in 21 countries have gone into exile because of violence, threats and imprisonment. An official of the committee says an estimated 40% of those who’ve fled are from sub-SaharanAfrica. A new report by the CPJ says most journalists who have fled violence or repression come from Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria and Eritrea. They’re also found at the head of the CPJ’s annual Impunity Index. It ranks countries according to the degree to which attacks against journalists are investigated, and perpetrators punished. Tom Rhodes is the Eastern African consultant for the Committee to Project Journalists. He says the government of at least one of the top...
(Libya Herald 06/21/13)
Merely hours after setting foot in Tripoli, newly appointed US Ambassador to Tripoli Deborah Jones presented her accreditation to Second Deputy head of the GNC, Salah Makhzoum, just after 9.30 this morning at the GNC. And what a 24 hours it has been for the energetic Ambassador Jones. Barely six hours after arriving in town yesterday, Ambassador Jones, together with a few hundred of Tripoli’s high and mighty, attended the party at the old British Ambassador’s residence to celebrate the (British) Queen’s Birthday. It was immediately noted at the Queen’s Birthday Party that Ambassador Jones was very confident with her Arabic. At her accreditation ceremony this morning, Ambassador Jones also presented herself in Arabic.
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa is losing slightly above 1.5 million children under the age of five annually due to malnutrition, according to non-governmental organisation Save the Children. On June 8, thousands of people including Bill Gates gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally aimed at reversing the situation, estimated to cost two million lives of children under the age of five globally. The rally, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, was campaigning for action by G8 leaders to eliminate hunger and save millions of lives. The campaign wanted the G8 leaders, during their June 18 meeting, to act on four issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. The issues were enough aid to stop...
(Libya Herald 06/21/13)
As part of its post-revolution expansion plans, Libyan Airlines has announced that it wants to take on more cabin staff, both Libyan and foreign. Specifically, it is looking to employ more air-hostesses. These, it says, must be able to speak fluent English (with preference given to those who have other foreign languages), must be between 18 and 30, unmarried, and comply with a number of other conditions. The announcement comes just days after the airline resumed flights after a damaging two-day strike by existing cabin crews over pay and working conditions. The strike ended when the airline agreed to address the strikers’ demands. As part of its expansion, the airline is also due to take delivery of two new Airbus...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/13)
BENGHAZI, June 20, 2013 (AFP) - A German engineer working for the Swiss-based ABB group and his driver were wounded on Thursday when unidentified gunmen fired on their car in eastern Libya, a security official said. The vehicle carrying four ABB Energy engineers -- three Germans and a Czech -- had been travelling between Ajdabiya and Zwitinah, where they were working on a power station control system. The German was hit twice, in the chest and foot, and the driver, despite receiving a head wound, managed to manoeuvre the car to safety, the security official in Ajdabiya said. Both of the wounded men were treated at Ajdabiya hospital before being transferred to Libya's second city Benghazi, 130 kilometres (80 miles)...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/20/13)
(Reuters) - Bombs flattened a police station in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Wednesday but there were no casualties as the building had been emptied for repairs following previous attacks, security officials said. The al-Hadaiq station in downtown Benghazi was completely destroyed by explosives at around 0300 a.m. (0100 GMT). The blast was so loud it could be heard across the city. Smashed furniture littered the ground and nearby shopfronts were damaged. "From the debris, it looks as if explosive devices were placed all around the building," said Mohammed al-Hajazi, spokesman for Benghazi's operation room. Last month the station was set on fire in a possible act of revenge for the killing of a man in an attack...
(Mail & Guardian 06/20/13)
Jacob Zuma did not have the answers to many questions about issues affecting SA, but he did defend everyone's right to have the Guptas as friends. President Jacob Zuma was back in Parliament on Wednesday to answer questions from MPs about a wide range of issues that have recently affected the country. But if the president's responses are anything to go by, he does not know much about what happens in South Africa. Besides inadvertently admitting to being friends with the controversial Gupta family and confirming that Libyan officials had contacted South Africa about Muammar Gaddafi's billions believed to be stashed here, the president was not that forthcoming on the controversial issues. He defended the Gupta's relationship with members of...
(Eye Witness News 06/20/13)
APE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma doesn't know whether the money that Libyan officials want to recover in South Africa belongs to slain leader Muammar Gaddafi or the Libyan state, he said in Parliament on Wednesday. He confirmed that government was approached by Libya to locate the money which was being held by banks in this country. According to media reports investigators believe there is evidence that more than $1 billion of Gaddafi’s assets, in money, gold and diamonds, are being kept in South Africa. Zuma told parliamentarians representatives from Libya have met with the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. “The two delegations agreed that the return of Libyan funds and assets from South Africa will be handled in terms of...
(Libya Herald 06/20/13)
Nine months after the Benghazi murder of US ambassador Chris Stevens and three colleagues in the assault on the American consulate, the new US ambassador Deborah Kay Jones arrived in Tripoli today. She had earlier told US senators that one of her key tasks would be to ensure that there was sufficient security at US facilities here. Describing the ambassador’s role as that of the principal security officer, she said that she would have no hesitation in alerting Washington if she felt that security were in any way inadequate. Jones is a career diplomat who joined the US Department of State in 1982. She speaks Arabic, having studied it at the Foreign Service Institute in Roslyn, Virginia and at the...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(Libya Herald 06/20/13)
The Deputy Minister of the Economy, Dr Abdelkarem Mgeg, was unable to attend yesterday’s roundtable ahead of September’s Foreign Direct Investment Libya Focus conference, after failing to get a visa to travel to the UK in time. The UK visa regulations have been tightened recently but attendees at the FDI Libya 2013 roundtable conference on the future of Libya’s economic progress claimed they were shocked that even a government minister could not get a visa. The co-chair of FDI Libya, Michael Thomas, told the Libya Herald: “Visa issues seem to be a continual thorn in the side and, for some reason or other, are creating problems for genuine applicants to the detriment of British business.” Thomas said: “I believe the...
(Libya Herald 06/20/13)
World Refugee Day is being celebrated for the second time in Libya. This morning hundreds of internal displaced and refugee children took part of the marathon in Furusiya organised by the United Nations High Commissioner for the Refugees. The celebration will continue in the afternoon at the King’s Palace when the UNHCR is due to receive with the acting president of General National Congress, Juma Ateega, and Deputy Prime Minister Awad Al-Barasi, along with other officials. Members of the diplomatic community are expected to attend the event. This will be followed by a reception at the palace, hosted by the Department of Antiquities in Tripoli. During the ceremony attendees at training course on forced migration in Libya, held yesterday at...
(Alarabiya.net 06/20/13)
Two former top associates of Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi were acquitted on Monday of wasting public money but remained in jail as part of a bigger investigation involving his spy chief and one of his sons. Ex-Foreign Minister Abdel-Ati al-Obeidi and Mohammed Zwai, former head of the legislature, were accused of wasting funds by facilitating a $2.7 billion compensation payment to families of those killed in the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing. It was the first trial verdict on officials close to Qaddafi, who was overthrown and then killed in a 2011 uprising. Libya’s new rulers are keen to try his family members and loyalists to draw a line under his 42-year dictatorship, but human rights activists fret a weak central government...

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