By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 5 December 2017:
A senior Libyan National Army (LNA) commander arrested in August this year following allegations of corruption has been released from east Benghazi’s Kuwaifiya prison.
Ali Abdulsalem Al-Shaikhi commanded a Benghazi barracks but was arrested along with three fellow officers when they were ordered to attend a hearing in Marj. He was interrogated for a month at Marj before being moved to the military prison at Kuwaifiya. Offences allegedly included letting his men out of the barracks without orders and using military funds for his own purposes.
Faraj Al-Barasi, who was rejected as head of Saiqa Special forces by its officers and men following the assassination of Abdul Fatah Younis in 2011 and replaced by Wanis Bukhamada but more recently the former head of the assault on Derna and a commander in the battle for Sabri, was one senior LNA figures who allegedly denounced Al-Shaikhi.
Prior to the revolution, Sheikhi was in change of armed forces’ national service programme. He worked with Hafter in Operation Karama and when militants took over the Garyounis camp in Benghazi, moved to Marj.