By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 29 August 2013:
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said that he expects up to 50,000 people will be needed in . . .[restrict]the new intelligence gathering agency.
Speaking at Wednesday’s (28 August) press conference, Zeidan said that his government had started rebuilding the army and the police and that the government needed the people’s help.
Zeidan said that the intelligence gathering agency is being formed and that it needs a large number of people to be up and running.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister, appealing for public help, said that it was not wrong for people to report on those who are breaking the law.
Many of those committing crimes are members of the public, Zeidan stressed. Many are heavily armed, he said, beyond the pistol or gun of an average guarding policeman. Often the security forces are confronted by criminals with RPG’s, he added.
At a previous press conference two weeks ago, Zeidan had stressed the need for an intelligence gathering agency in order to help counter the wide criminal and terrorist activity that had been experienced in Libya post revolution.
Zeidan had also sought to assure the Libyan public, GNC and the thuwar who he said still had a “complex” from the Qaddafi-era security agencies, that these would be information gathering agencies run under the supervision of the democratically elected state organs. [/restrict]