Libya’s Supreme Judiciary Council Calls to Nullify CBL Travel Ban

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On Thursday, the Head of the Supreme Judiciary Council (SJC) in Tripoli, Counsellor Mohammed Al-Hafi, condemned the travel ban decision issued by Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha, against the Central Bank of Libya’s (CBL) Governor, Sadiq Al-Kabeer.

In a statement, Al-Hafi announced that he had filed a complaint to the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj. He said that it was not permissible for any security body to impose a travel or entry ban against anyone, except for wanted criminals or suspected persons.

The head of the SJC indicated that Bashagha’s decision lacks the tact that should be adopted in dealing with public figures and will not help the state of institutions and the law.

Al-Hafi also called on Prime Minister Al-Sarraj to nullify Bashagha’s orders, and publicly announce the names of people placed on the travel ban list. He noted that the ban on entry and travel in Libya requires a special law, or an organizational decision which will be the basis for these measures.

Notably, Al-Kabeer submitted a complaint to the Attorney General, saying the decision was “illegal and harmful to the state’s legislative institutions.”

“When I was going to travel on an official mission on Thursday, I was shocked that my name was included in the travel ban list. This was on the order of the Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha,” Al-Kabeer said in his complaint.

The governor called on the Attorney General to “take the powers vested in the law regarding this matter.”

The CBL Governor called on the Attorney General of Libya to “take the powers vested in the law regarding this matter.”