By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 13 April 2017:
Allegations that the Thinni government have tried to abduct its former spokesman Abdul Hakim Matouq have been dismissed by officials in the east. The say the story was invented to cover up the fact that he was being investigated over claims that he planned to sell what had been his official car ahead of leaving the country, having refused to hand it over to his successor. A warrant for his arrest had been issued and he had been called to a meeting at a Beida hotel by security officials to discuss the issue.
Matouq resigned at the end of February, privately complaining of rivalries within the interim government which were damaging its effectiveness.
At the time, the administration expressed its “deep gratitude” at the work he had done. Now it is reported saying that he was sacked for wrong-doing.