The General Syndicate of University Faculty Members announced the abduction of its general captain, Abdel Fattah Al-Sayeh by unidentified assailants.
In a concise statement released on Thursday, the syndicate revealed that Al-Sayeh was kidnapped from the syndicate’s headquarters earlier in the day.
The statement conveyed concerns for his personal safety to the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba. It appealed to national and international authorities to intervene and ensure Al-Sayeh’s well-being.
The incident occurred just hours after the syndicate had denied reaching a final agreement with the GNU to end its sit-in.
While significant agreements were reportedly reached in a recent meeting with Dbaiba, the syndicate highlighted that some fundamental issues remained unresolved.
The syndicate also called for a commitment to adjusting the salaries of teaching assistants, “without depriving them of their rights to scholarship and changing their status to faculty members after obtaining their academic degrees.”
It affirmed its commitment not to abandon its members, under any circumstances.
In July, 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.