By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 16 June 2017:
Following last week’s announcement that the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) is on a terrorist list complied by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain, and then the House of Representatives’ offering of a further 75 Libyan names and nine entities for the list, the BDB has come up with its own list of those it deems to be terrorists.
There are 11 names in the tit-for-tat move, all of them civilians. Surprisingly, no military or security figures make it onto the listing – not Khalifa Hafter, whom the BDB and its allies usually never fail to attack, nor any of his officers. However, almost all who are on the list were supposedly there because of their links to Hafter’s Operation Dignity.
HoR President Ageela Saleh tops the BDB list, with eastern Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni in second place.
They are followed by former Libyan ambassador to the UAE, Aref Nayed, who has been vocal in his opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood.
In fourth place is the former Libyan ambassador to the United Nations, Ibrahim al-Dabbashi, who last week attacked the brigades and described them as” the defeated forces” trying to stir up chaos in Sabratha.
Fifth place went to HoR Tripoli member Ali al-Takbali for his support of Hafter’s Operation Dignity.
In sixth position is HoR member Ibrahim Al-Dresi from Benghazi who chairs the parliament’s Awqaf committee. After him comes former Libya’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Hafter ally Abdelbaset Al-Badri,
Sharif Al-Wafi, a member of the former General National Congress (GNC) is in eighth place, apparently because of his “terrorist” action of participating in the handover of power to the House of Representatives. Then comes the former GNC vice-president of the General National Congress Ezzidden Awami. Again, his act of “terrorism” was to oversee the transfer of power from the old GNC to the HoR.
In position No.10 is Presidency Council-boycotting member Ali Al-Qatrani, a member of the Presidential Council.
In last place on the list is Abubakr Buera, a member of the HoR and former member of the UN-brokered Libya Dialogue.
Pouring scorn the list, Aref Nayed said that it was “a badge of honour to be put on the blacklist of Al-Qaeeda”,