Libya’s NOC Chairman Demands Sanctions on Disabled Activist


On Saturday, Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli, Mustafa Sanalla, called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on 19 Libyan individuals, accusing them of being behind the oil blockade in the country.

The list, which was referred by the Government of National Accord (GNA)’s representative in New York, Al-Taher Al-Sunni, included Sheikh al-Senussi al-Heliq Al-Zawi, deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of Libyan Sheikhs and Elders, Sheikh Belgasem Qreish, one of the elders of Zintan, and the head of the Petroleum Facilities Guard Brigade, Naji Al-Maghribi.

The spokesman for the Libyan National Army, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, blogger Issa Rashwan, who was always at odds with Sanallah, the radio presenter Muhammad Amtalal and others were also included in the list.
Surprisingly, Major Masoud Jeddi, commander of the 116th Infantry Brigade who fought the most important security operation against ISIS in Sebha on September 15th, was also named among the blacklisted names.

Sanalla’s list also included Sheikh Muhammad Saad al-Shatra from Ajdabiya and Brigadier Muhammad Khalifa al-Megrahi from Sebha, turning a blind eye to those big numbers of smugglers in Ras Ajdir port.

Oddly enough, the list included a blogger on Facebook with special needs, named Mahmoud Muhammad al-Aram, who is a member of a charitable civil society organisation called “With Our Hands We Build It.” Aram was ranked fifth on the list, before Major General Al Mismari and Major General Al Maghribi.

Al-Aram mocked Sanalla’s move, saying that he has no properties or millions of dollars in the US to worry about.

Al-Aram is known for his constant criticism of the NOC chairman and for his frequent complaints about the pollution caused by the emissions of neighbouring oilfields.

He also has taken part in the demonstrations calling for the GNA and the NOC to equitably distribute oil revenues among Libyans and not allocate those funds to bring mercenaries and terrorists to Libya.