Libya orders the detention of the ambassador from Brussels on graft-related charges

Oct 4, 2023 | International | 0 comments

Following her dismissal by the internationally recognized government in Tripoli on Tuesday, Libya’s prosecutor general issued an order for her detention due to allegations of corruption.

According to the office of prosecutor Al-Seddik al-Sour, Amel Jerry was questioned about “administrative and financial abuses” allegedly used to “obtain illicit material advantages by illegally seizing public funds and harming the public interest.”

Al-Sour charged her and ordered her temporary detention after noting “the relevance of the evidence” against the ambassador, the office said without mentioning her whereabouts.

Jerary’s dismissal had already been announced by the UN-recognized government in western Libya without any justification.

Oil-rich Since the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Libya has been mired in an ongoing crisis, and corruption is rampant throughout state institutions.

Two rival governments, one in Tripoli and the other in eastern Libya supported by military strongman Khalifa Haftar, continue to rule the North African nation.

An audio recording that Jerary allegedly made was posted on social media, which sparked the most recent corruption scandal.

A woman can be heard on the recording addressing a person who appears to be her secretary and requesting a “false invoice” for more than 200,000 euros ($209,000) for cancer treatment for an unnamed Libyan patient.

Her secretary verified the recording’s integrity to Libyan media.

According to the woman who recorded, the invoice must be sent to the Libyan health ministry for approval before the money can be released.

In Libyan international representations, paying for the medical expenses of Libyans abroad is standard procedure, but officials frequently point out irregularities.

Le Soir, a Belgian newspaper, reported that Jerary was also suspected of making “suspicious” transfers of hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds from Libya to a business owned by her son.

The ambassador reportedly returned to Libya, but Belgian media later confirmed this.

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