Libya’s Public Prosecutor Orders Arrest of Fuel Smugglers

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The Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office in Tripoli ordered the arrest of 103 fuel smugglers in the western region.

Decision No.118 states that the competent authorities should arrest the accused “for smuggling fuel abroad through illegal means, selling it at a price other than what is legal, and acquiring money illegally.”

In October 2020, the Investigations Department headed by Al-Siddiq Al-Sour issued numerous orders, summons, and arrest warrants against Libyan officials on charges of corruption and the mismanagement of public funds.

This has long been the focus of discussions among populist circles in Libya, who complain of wide-scale and rampant corruption across the country.

Libya’s economy has greatly suffered due to corruption as its state budget has been exhausted, its oil exports slashed, and its deficit has ballooned to new heights.