By Jamie Prentis.
Tunis, 20 May 2017:
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Petroleum Facilities Guard commander Ibrahim Jadhran, the man whose three-year oil export terminal blockade, National Oil Corporation (NOC) chief Mustafa Sanalla has said cost Libya $100 billion in lost revenues.
Jadhran was seized by a militia in Nalut this March when he was reportedly trying to return to Libya from Tunis. Today Sadik Asour, the attorney general in Tripoli called on the militia to hand him over to face trial.
It was believed that Jadhran had been seeking to return to the country after the Benghazi Defence Brigades had seized Sidra and Ras Lanouf from the Libyan National Army (LNA), who had ejected Jadhran and his PFG last December. After an abortive attempt to retake the four Oil Crescent terminals, Zuetina Brega, Ras Lanuf and Sidra, Jadhran left Libya and was variously reported to be in Turkey and Italy.
He is understood to have been kidnapped in Kabaw after he had come over the Dahiba-Wazen crossing point. His abductors are thought to be the same people who were meant to be smuggling him into Libya, but who demanded more money for their services.