The “looting” of Libyan public money … “waves of corruption” continue

At the end of last month, a number of workers in the Libyan Sahara Bank were able to exploit their positions, incur customer accounts and seize millions of dinars, at a time when official reports point to a widespread waste of public money in the various sectors of the Libyan state.

And the incident, which the Libyan Public Prosecutor began investigating, is one of the crimes of embezzlement of public money in the country, which has increased over the past decade, and started with corruption within state institutions, in which a number of ministers were involved. , to the robbery of land and public buildings, as well as the robbery of public lands and buildings Employees on their financial custody.

Since 2012, Libya’s rankings have fallen to the worst and reached its ranking among the ten most corrupt countries according to the “Corruption Perceptions Index” released this year by Transparency International. It is led by Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, to say that “corruption is rampant in her country.”

The Public Prosecutor has uncovered one of the crimes of theft of depositors’ money and said that investigations into the circumstances of the involvement of a number of Sahara Bank employees in the embezzlement of two million eighty-three dinars through access to revealed the accounting system; use of fraudulent procedures. The prosecution indicated that it had ordered that all the perpetrators of the corruption incident should be detained in the bank until the rest of the case was settled.

Three days later, the Public Prosecutor’s Office unveiled a new case of theft of public funds through the involvement of a gang in the counterfeiting of banking instruments. And use it to withdraw state funds from the accounts of some entities funded by the general budget.

The prosecution said the offenders submitted these instruments to the bank and obtained more than 739,000 dinars, from the accounts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources; the Production Division at the Military Logistics and Supply Authority; And control of financial services in the city of Asaba.

In last year’s report, Libya ranked 173 out of 180, which decreased 5 places compared to 2019, in which it was 168. Forms of corruption in Libya range from public money, commission acquisition and dual employment, in a way described as “waves”. It aims to make a profit in an unprecedented way. “

It is remarkable that everyone in Libya talks about corruption, starting with the head of the government and ending with the citizens, experts and heads of the supervisory bodies in Libya, but an official close to Dabaiba saw that the “unity” government almost the only government that dared to present a number of its ministers to investigate corruption incidents that ended with their imprisonment. On the issue, he pointed out that Dabaiba was not ashamed when he spoke of “the rampant corruption in a number of government sectors.”

Dabaiba’s opponents blamed the existence of cases of officials in his government who were involved in corruption cases, but the first announced that his government “rejects spoilers and does not tolerate it,” saying that corruption “affects the national economy. cause losses ”.

And political analyst Abdul Azim Al-Bashti believes that “the money that members of the legislature have received in the country for years, without interfering in the door of corruption,” and went on to say that “the most thing that has become a consumer . of public money is nothing but a drainage of it without value, real results or benefit. ” It is represented in conferences, meetings and meetings held by Libyan officials in many countries of the world. ”

Although these meetings are usually covered by the host countries, there are those who believe that the travels of representatives and members on official orders of their councils cost Libya millions in transport and accommodation.

There are many doors to corruption in Libya, given what specialists see as the “weakness of the state’s grip” and the failure to activate accountability, except for what is revealed to the Public Prosecution. Suleiman al-Shahoumi, a Libyan economist, spoke of the need to “dump the revenue of state-owned companies such as telecommunications and other state-owned investment companies as revenue into the state’s public treasury.”

Al-Shahoumi said in a post on his Facebook account: “The prime minister should not force these companies to cover the expenses he wants; Either to transfer amounts of money to the account of the Council of Ministers so that the Prime Minister has disposed of it, or to ask it to allocate amounts for expenditure on the basis of instructions, regardless of the reasons and reasons. ”

Al-Shahoumi was of the opinion that these procedures deviate the company from the framework defined by the law and make it an instrument in the hands of the government administration, and its board and its general assembly deviate from their prescribed role. He continued: “This is a wide door to corruption, even if the intentions are good.”

Al-Shahoumi called on the Audit Bureau to “move before it is too late, and not to have the matter presented in its annual report, after the incident took place and we have nothing left but to pour the spilled milk in. the halls of the (national unity) government’s cabinet. “

The correspondence of the Libyan Attorney General, Al-Siddiq Al-Sour, to the Governor of the Central Bank, Al-Siddiq Al-Kabeer, revealed that the prosecution’s investigations proved the facts of falsifying data on medical services provided to patients abroad, with the intention of obtaining $ 436 million, as well as other financial and administrative abuses.

Al-Sour called on the bank to discontinue any administrative or financial measures resulting in the payment of the financial sums arising from the provision of medical services by medical institutions in Jordan, in recent years, up to the end of the judicial proceedings.

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