Libya’s Attorney General Concerned over Rise in Organised Crime


On Tuesday, Libya’s Attorney General, Al Siddiq Al-Sour expressed growing concerns over the “increasingly complex nature of crime in the country.”

During a joint press conference held today with Interior Minister Emad Al-Tarabulsi, he delineated how criminal activities have “morphed from conventional transgressions into complex, organised ventures, steered not just by local gangs, but international syndicates as well.”

Al-Sour mentioned that the security situation across Libya “faces numerous challenges and intricacies. Efforts are being made progressively, and there’s a pressing need for resources, training, and development in the country.”

The Attorney General emphasised the magnitude of this problem, revealing that since 2000, Libya recorded a staggering 707,000 crimes. Out of these, grave crimes such as murder, banditry, assault, public and private property offences, human trafficking, drug trade, and illegal immigration amounted to 110,949 cases.

The joint press briefing focused on the security strategies devised to bolster the safety mechanisms around Tripoli and its suburbs. Given the intertwined dynamics of local and global criminal networks, it’s clear that the task ahead for Libyan law enforcement is both daunting and multifaceted.

Libya has been undergoing significant socio-political changes since the Arab Spring in 2011, which culminated in the fall of its longtime leader, Muammar Gaddafi. The post-Gaddafi era has been marked by political instability, the emergence of various factions vying for power, and consequently, a complex security scenario.

The nation’s security infrastructure, which was centralised under Gaddafi’s regime, began to fragment post-2011. This disintegration gave rise to multiple militia groups, each with its own regional or tribal affiliations. As the central authority weakened, many of these groups began to operate with considerable autonomy, leading to the proliferation of weapons and a surge in local disputes.

Furthermore, Libya’s vast desert borders, which are challenging to patrol, made it a favoured route for human traffickers, arms smugglers, and drug traffickers. The country, with its extensive coastline, also became a significant launch point for migrants and refugees aiming to reach European shores, often under perilous conditions.