Belgian Lawyer Accuses Libya of Bribery in LIA Case

Belgian Lawyer Accuses Libya of Bribery in LIA Case
Belgian Lawyer Accuses Libya of Bribery in LIA Case

A lawyer of Prince Laurent of Belgium has alleged that the Libyan Government of National Unity (GNU) and the Attorney General’s Office “drafted a settlement contract that was completely different from the correspondence dated March 16, 2022.”

He claimed that the Libyan authorities “paid a sum of money to a lawyer in Italy, which appeared to be a bribe.”

Regarding the closure of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) case, the lawyer stated that the judicial system in Belgium was completely independent.

“Later, we held a final meeting with the ambassador, where she admitted that she had not received any explanation for the payment in Italy in the first place,” he said. “The ambassador acknowledged that it was not normal, and did not try to justify it. For this reason, I hope and believe that she was sincere,” he added.

According to a report by the Belgian newspaper, Le Soir on Thursday, the LIA has filed a complaint against Prince Laurent, related to extortion and fraud allegations.

The newspaper revealed that the main document that prompted this complaint is “surrounded by a large question mark about its validity, and also contains a material error.”

The document in question dates back to 16 March 2022, when a meeting was held at the Royal Palace indicating that the Libyan Ambassador to Belgium had entered into a questionable deal, in the case of Prince Laurent.

The newspaper confirmed that the issues between Libya and Belgium, specifically the actions taken in Belgium against the LIA and its Director, will not be resolved until the requests of the Belgian Prince are settled.