Officer at Libyan Embassy in Qatar Accused of Corruption

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The Libyan Attorney General ordered the detention of the Financial Controller at the Libyan Embassy in Qatar, on corruption charges.

The Attorney General’s Office said in a statement on Thursday that the Financial Controller has “defrauded Libya’s public fund, worth tens of thousands in foreign currency.” It did not clarify if this amount was in US Dollars or Qatari riyals.

The statement said that the Chief Prosecutor in the Attorney’s Office investigated the accused, after he received a report from the Financial Audit Bureau regarding financial irregularities.

The statement said that the financial controller and his predecessor “intended to abuse the powers of office. Investigations revealed the validity of the incident against the accused.”

Officials at Libya’s Shuwairf Villager Hospital have been arrested on charges of embezzling public funds estimated at 3.56 million Libyan dinars, the Attorney General’s Office announced on Tuesday.

The statement noted that the Director of the hospital, his Deputy, and the Acting Financial Controller were investigated on corruption charges. It added that the hospital’s contracting procedures were marred by fraud.

The three hospital officials conspired with a company not to provide the contracted supplies and equipment.

“The defendants submitted forged documents, stating that they had received medical equipment and supplies worth 3,560,000 dinars,” the statement explained.

In September, Officials of Libya’s General Training Center of the Ministry of Education were arrested on charges of embezzling public money, and forging official documents, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

The Office said in a statement that the Anti-Corruption Prosecution in the Tripoli Court of Appeals investigated a complaint filed by an employee of the General Training Center.

The investigations discovered that the accused “had committed crimes of seizing public money, obtaining material benefits in violation of laws, spending public money in a manner other than its intended purpose.”