Kidnapped Head of Libya’s Maritime Transport Company Released

Kidnapped Head of Libya's Maritime Transport Company Released
Kidnapped Head of Libya's Maritime Transport Company Released

On Friday, the CEO of the General National Maritime Transport Company (GNMTC), Khaled Al-Tawati has been released after being abducted for five days.

Local newspapers published photos of Al-Tawati arriving at his home, where he was warmly received by his family and close friends.

No entity has claimed responsibility for the abduction of the high-ranking official.

He has not spoken to the media about the circumstances surrounding his abduction, and subsequent release. Details regarding the abduction and the subsequent negotiations leading to his release remain undisclosed.

On Sunday, the GNMTC announced the abduction of Al-Tawati. In a statement, the company explained that an unidentified armed group, driving three civilian vehicles kidnapped Al-Tawati, in Tripoli.

The GNMTC reported that the armed group forcibly intercepted the CEO on the road, threatened him with weapons, and took him to an unknown location.

The company said in a statement that the abduction “not only violates the freedom of a Libyan citizen on his own soil but also extends beyond that, damaging the reputation of the GNMTC and its relationships with clients both domestically and internationally.”

The Company affirmed that this incident “poses a real threat to an institution, which has remained distant from conflicts and tensions.”

The company stated that it has “taken all necessary legal measures with the appropriate authorities, holding the official entities of the Libyan state, including the government, the Ministry of Interior, and all security and law enforcement agencies, fully responsible.”

The company urgently called for “serious efforts to identify the armed group, apprehend its members, and ensure the safety of the Al-Tawati.”

Last month, former Libyan Finance Minister, Faraj Boumtari hailing from the Zway tribe, was released after days of detention in Tripoli, according to Senussi Al-Haliq, the Head of the Supreme Council of the Zway Tribes. The event ignited a crisis leading to the closure of oil fields in Libya.

The release of Boumtari was reportedly requested by the Attorney General, as conveyed by media sources. Al-Haliq previously indicated that oil production had been halted at the El-Feel, Sharara, and 108 fields, as a protest against Boumtari’s abduction during his visit to Tripoli.

Boumtari was kidnapped upon his arrival at Mitiga International Airport last Tuesday. His tribe accuses Sadiq Al-Kabir, the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), of masterminding this operation to prevent Boumtari from competing for the position.