By Ashraf Abdul Wahab.
Tripoli, 21 December:
In its latest list banning of Libyan officials connected to the Qaddafi regime, the Integrity Commission . . .[restrict]has hit at the political establishment in the desert town of Ghat on the southern border with Algeria.
It has disbarred the head of Ghat local council, Nasr Yousif Mohamed Gheryani, as well as the council’s secretary, Abdulqadir Mohamed Abdurrasul, and its financial controller, Khair Saleh Khair Bika. Also banned are Issa Ibrahim Abdo Ibrahim, commander of the border guards at Ghat, and Almadani Abdullah Almurtada, head of Ghat’s Security Directorate.
Others disbarred in its latest ruling are:
- Faraj Abul-Qasim Shanbour, nominated for work [unspecified] abroad;
- Saleh Ali Saleh Marghani, nominated for work abroad;
- Ali Mohamed Al-Arbi Gheryani, nominated for work abroad;
- Mahmoud Muhi-Eddin Mahmoud Baddi, Chairman and Director General of the Economic and Social Development Fund;
- Mohamed Akhdar Saleh Abu-Daraa, Chairman of the Founding Committee of Sirte’s Cleaning Services Company;
- Salah Ali Abdullah Abu-Raqiqa, First Secretary of the Libyan embassy in Cyprus.
The commission called on the relevant authorities to provide it with proof that the eleven have been suspended.
On 16 December, it announced that it had disbarred two other Libyan diplomats, Salim Yacub Al-Koshli, Chargé d’Affaires at the Libyan embassy in Indonesia, and Tahir Ahmed Taher Tabib, Second Secretary at the embassy in Argentina.
Just over a fortnight ago, it disbarred five other diplomats and five Libyan bankers.
The commission has been come under fire for a lack of transparency in justifying its decisions, several of which have been overturned by the courts.
Last week the Electricity Minister Ali Mohammed Muhairiq had his disbarment overturned and at the beginning of the month the Appeals Court cleared Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail. However, Abdulasalm Bashir Duabi, Zeidan’s proposed minister of higher education, lost his case against the commission on appeal.
In a sign that it it looking at a middle way in dealing with those it says have fallen below standards of integrity, the commission has also just announced that it was partially relaxing earlier bans on a number of employees of the Foreign Ministry.
They are: Nureeddine Omar Mukgtar Beleid, Mustafa Ahmed Alam Shaban, Talal Abdul-Hamid Mansour Aqil, Abdel-Salam Ahmed Khalifa Raqiq, Mohammed Suwaie Ali Oun, Mrs. Fathia Saad Abul Qasim Al-Rabei, Juma Mohamed Sassi Rabti, Mahmoud Ahmed Saad Shibani, Ahmed Ali Najah Ali, Radwan Sharef Khalifa Suwai, Mohamed Sharef Ahmed Musa Zayed, Younis Fituri Salem Haafah and Radwan Mustafa Abel-Salam Albazouti.
The decision is said to mean that those named can be employed at the ministry but in a less senior level than they previously occupied.