By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 2 September 2016:
Authorities in Tripoli have arrested an Italian woman accusing her of trying to steal LD 10 million in a bank fraud.
The woman, named as “Tiziana Gamannossi”, was arrested by militiamen from the “Deterrence and Joint Intervention Force” (DJIF) headed by Abu Sleem strongman Abdulkhani Al-Kikli (better known as Ghneiwa) after they were informed that she was trying to withdraw LD 10 million from the Wahda Bank with an allegedly stolen cheque.
According to the DJIF, the cheque, in the name of the Brega Oil Marketing Company, had been deposited after the women opened an account at the bank on 25 August.
Gamannossi, who arrived in Libya in July, had claimed that she had met former “prime minister” Khalifa Ghwell while in Tripoli and had discussed with him plans to import €630,000-worth of food items from Italy.
The militia say that they arrested the women at her hotel and that she subsequently confessed that she had been given the cheque by Libyan in Egypt.
She has been handed over to the public prosecutor.