is planning to sue seven former aides of Muammar Gaddafi in an effort
to recover millions of pounds they allegedly stole and took with them to
Britain after the late Libyan leader was ousted in 2011.
Shaban, who is acting for the Libyan government, criticised Britain for a
lack of investigative cooperation and urged it to be more "pro-active".
He said the seven would be sued in a British civil court.
them is Brigadier Guima Elmaarfi, who led Gaddafi's army in Tarhouna,
80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Tripoli, Shaban said, confirming
published on Tuesday evening by BuzzFeed.
is suspected of fleeing Libya with at least £14m after Gaddafi fell in
the NATO-backed 2011 revolution, according to Buzzfeed. He has strongly denied the allegations.
website also reported that Elmaarfi’s son was imprisoned in Britain two
years ago for stabbing a teenager with a knife and carving his initial
into the abdomen of a man who had been beaten unconscious.
to BuzzFeed, Elmaarfi lives comfortably in a house in southwest London.
However, he has denied profiting from Libya's collapse and insists he
is struggling financially after leaving Libya empty-handed. Other
officials incriminated in the case have also denied wrongdoing, the site
One of the
other former Gaddafi aides identified by Buzzfeed was General Ahmed
Mahmoud Azwai – who, according to the website, allegedly laundering
millions through properties in southern England via offshore companies.
identified a third Gaddafi aide but they were unable to name them
because of a court injunction stopping them being identified.
former Gaddafi aides were reported by Buzzfeed to be among “scores” of
former Libyan officials who have allegedly brought more than $10bn to
Britain from the North African country since 2011.
“We are aware
of $10bn of stolen assets in UK banks and the British government is
aware of that,” Abdelhamid Eljadi, an investigator appointed by Libya’s
transitional government to help with the Gaddafi asset hunt, told
“The problem is governments like the UK that tend to be
democratic and anti-corruption, they protect these people. They are
giving them a safe haven.”
Shaban said the lawsuit would be based
on allegations that the seven misappropriated Libyan state funds,
laundered the money and misused public office.
He said Libya was not able to file all the necessary legal documentation because of the chaos after the fall of Gaddafi.
position is that the British government should be more pro-active and
understand that Libya went through a revolution and is trying to rebuild
a state," he said.
"It should decide to support that state and
understand that they are not able to complete applications like the
United States or France would for example."
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