Libyan government exposes Haftar's financial corruption
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Libyan government exposes Haftar's financial corruption

Documents show illegal seizure of state land and property by Haftar's Military Investment Authority

News Service AA

The Libyan government on Monday published two documents implicating eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar in corruption.

The documents published by the government-led Operation Volcano of Rage showed the illegal seizure of state land and property by the Military Investment Authority, an economic arm of Haftar's militia.

They also revealed that the warlord had illegally seized assets of agricultural projects and investment projects in Libya.

The government earlier revealed that Haftar's Military Investment Authority had signed an agreement with the Union of Italian Fishing in March 2019 under which Italian fishing boats were allowed to fish in Libya's territorial waters in return for 10.000 euros ($11,100) a month for 5 years.

In 2016, French daily Le Monde published a report showing Haftar's monopoly of economic activities in Barqah in eastern Libya.

In March, the Libyan government launched Operation Peace Storm against Haftar to counter attacks on the capital and recently regained strategic locations, including Tarhuna, Haftar's final stronghold in western Libya.

The Libyan government has severely condemned the military support by Egypt, the UAE, France and Russia for the attacks of Haftar's militias on Tripoli, which began on April 4, 2019.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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