Tripoli Interior Ministry reports 353 cases of premeditated murder, 242 kidnappings and 2,346 other crimes in 2020

By Sami Zaptia.

London, 28 January 2021:

The Tripoli Interior Ministry reported 353 cases of premeditated murder, 242 kidnappings and 2,346 other crimes in 2020. It says the figures are for the whole of Libya.

1-Premeditated murders

In statistics for 13 categories published Tuesday (26 January), the Ministry reported that of the 353 premeditated murder cases there were 475 related arrest.

2-Manslaughter

There were 23 manslaughter cases for which 33 were arrested

3-Attempted murder

It reported there were 48 cases of attempted murder and 29 related arrests.

4-Kidnapping

There were 242 cases of kidnapping for which 317 people were arrested.

5-Forced robbery

It reported 519 cases of forced robbery for which 576 were arrested

6-Alcohol consumption

The Interior Ministry reported 660 cases of alcohol consumption, manufacture and trafficking, for which 949 people were arrested.

7-Robbery from commercial entities

There were cases 107 cases of robbery from shops and those arrested in their possession reached 100.

8-Electricity cable theft

There were 72 cases of electrical cable theft for which 41 people were arrested. The issue of electricity cable theft has become a very emotive one as the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) reports weekly incidents of theft contributing to the countries continuous and crippling power cuts.

There is a general outcry for the security forces and GECOL to do more to deter and bring to justice electricity cable thieves to be made an example of.

9-Car theft

The number of car theft cases was 480 cases and those arrested for them 266.

10-Forgery of papers and official documents

Cases of forgery of papers and official documents were 105 cases with 137 related arrests.

11-Fraud

There were 533 people arrested in 524 fraud cases.

12-Arms industry and trafficking

There were 93 cases of arms industry and trafficking for which 45 people were arrested in connection.

13-Robbery from homes

There were 432 cases of robbery from homes with 440 related arrests.

14-Other crimes

There were another 2,346 ‘‘other’’ criminal cases for which 3,030 people were accused and arrested.

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