NACC employees demonstrate against the arrest of their head by the Military Prosecutor
By Sami Zaptia.
London, 20 October 2020:
Employees of Libya’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) held a demonstration in front of their Tripoli headquarters today in protest at the arrest of the entity’s head, Noaman Al-Sheikh, by the Military Prosecutor.
The protestors claim that the NACC is a civilian entity under the authority of the House of Representatives (HoR) and its staff are not arrestable by the Military Prosecutor.
They claimed that such a move will affect the NACC’s operations and effectiveness and called on parliament (HoR) to enforce its authority.
It will be recalled that there is an anti-corruption drive and a spate of arrest warrants have been issued as well as a number of arrests enforced mainly through the civilian Attorney General’s Office, but some also through the Military Prosecutor’s Office.
The anti-corruption drive had been activated by the internationally recognized Libyan prime minister, Faiez Serraj, partly in reaction to a loss of legitimacy and the demonstrations against his government.