LNA: Audit Bureau Violating Laws By Holding Salaries

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Spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari claimed that “there is a war targeting the army through malicious attempts aimed at undermining the confidence of its members in their leaders.”

In statements to Al-Ittihad newspaper, Al-Mismari added that LNA units are patrolling the desert to combat terrorist organizations, and cross-border criminal gangs.

He confirmed that the Military Accounts Department have ordered the release of salaries for January and February for all army personnel. This was based on orders issued by the Ministry of Finance to the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), at the end of March.

“The bank referred the transaction to the Audit Bureau, which obstructed the exchange procedures.” the LNA spokesperson described it as “a legal and administrative violation” and “outside the jurisdiction of the Audit Bureau.”

The LNA Spokesman noted that the Audit Bureau instructed the CBL to agree to pay salaries after the statement of LNA representatives in the 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee (JMC) on 9 April. He pointed out that the Audit Bureau ignored the response to the CBL’s letter, regarding the release of salaries.

The LNA spokesman concluded by saying that the “Muslim Brotherhood organisation and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group control a large number of state institutions in Tripoli, and most of them are controlled by extremist groups.”

Days ago, the Libyan General Union of Oil and Gas Workers in Libya accused the Head of the Audit Bureau, Khaled Shakshak of being “the usurper of his position and power.”

The accusations came in response to Shakshak’s recent statements regarding the National Oil Corporation (NOC).

In a statement, the union said that Shakshak had lost the capacity as Head of the Libyan Audit Bureau, after he was dismissed by the Libyan Parliament. The statement added that Shakshak’s legal mandate expired, as he was appointed in 2013 for three years that ended in 2016. “According to the law establishing the Audit Bureau, if we agreed to extend him to another term that ends in 2019, it cannot be extended or renewed,” the statement noted.

“Therefore, he has permanently lost this capacity, and a number of Libyan courts have ruled that he has no capacity. He is usurping his position and authority, and is committing a clear crime in his attempts to apply the law,” it stated.

Last Month, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, Spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), commented on Defense Minister, Ahmed Houma’s recent statement regarding the integration of “revolutionaries” into the military.