By Hadi Fornaji.
Tripoli 9 April 2013:
The head of the Libyan Investment and Devlopment Company (LIDCO), Abdulhamid Dubaiba, has been disbarred by the Integrity Commission over his previous involvement with the Qaddafi regime. Also disbarred is journalist and TV presenter Suleiman Dogha who had been selected by the Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, to head the Libya News TV channel.
Dubaiba, from Misrata, ran LIDCO which was involved in major housing and commercial projects during the Qaddafi era. He and his cousin Ali Dubaiba who ran the multi-billion Organization for Development of Administrative Centers (ODAC) joined the revolution early on. However, both remain controversial figures in the new Libya and their assets were frozen last May in a ruling, subsequently amended, by the National Transitional Council.
LIDCO remains on the EU’s Libyan sanctions list; ODAC was removed in January.
Dogha was chairman of the Al-Ghad media company owned by Saif Al-Islam but resigned shortly before the revolution, moving to London where he spoke regularly against the regime.
Last June he was briefly kidnapped by members of the SSC in Misrata after a row with journalists from the city at a conference in Jadu.
The Integrity Commission has also banned the managers of the Janzour and Sirte branches of the Savings and Real Estate Investment Bank, Abujilah Rajab Abdullah Yahi and Muftah Mohammed Al-Shaali.