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Better Information Sharing on Crime in the Mediterranean

EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia: operation to contribute to better information sharing on crime in the Mediterranean The European Council today adopted a decision allowing for the creation of a crime information cell within EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia. The information cell will be composed of up to 10 staff members from relevant law enforcement authorities of […]

US Sanctions Libyan Oil Smugglers

By John Lee. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned six individuals, 24 entities, and seven vessels for threatening the peace, security, or stability of Libya through the illicit production, refining, brokering, sale, purchase, or export of Libyan oil or for being owned or controlled by designated persons. […]

Contraband Drugs, Oil and Cigarettes Seized

By John Lee. BBC News reports that police at the Italian port of Gioia Tauro (pictured) have seized a huge shipment of the drug Tramadol — which can suppress fatigue — thought to be destined for so-called Islamic State (IS) in Libya. The haul had an estimated value of 50 million euros. Italian police have also […]

Murder of Maltese Journalist possibly Linked to Libyan Smuggling

By John Lee. A senior Italian prosecutor has said that there are possible links between the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia (pictured) in Malta last week, and an Italian investigation into an illicit fuel-smuggling network spanning Libya, Malta and Italy. Carmelo Zuccaro, who is leading the fuel-smuggling inquiry, told the Guardian he “could […]

Govt Spent $30bn on Fuel Subsidies

The Libyan Audit Bureau has stated that Libya has spent $30 billion in the last five years on fuel subsidies. The subsidies make Libyan fuel one of the cheapest in the world and helps fuel the illegal export of fuel abroad. The Bureau suggested that the subsidies, which have reduced since 2014 due to austerity […]

Libyan Navy Seizes Oil Tanker

By John Lee. The Libyan navy has reportedly seized an oil tanker on Sunday near the country’s maritime border with Tunisia. The Liberian-flagged tanker was detained along with its 20-member Filipino crew off Abu Kamash, 170 kilometers (110 miles) west of Tripoli, on suspicion of fuel smuggling. According to Libya Herald, the tanker is the Levante, […]

EU Naval Mission in Mediterranean Extended to end-2018

The European Union has extended the mandate of its naval operation in the Mediterranean – known as EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia – until 31 December 2018. The operation aims at disrupting the business model of migrant smugglers and human traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean. The operation also has two supporting tasks: training the Libyan […]

PM Serraj calls for Elections in March

By John Lee. In a major speech setting out his vision for Libya, the head of Libya’s Presidency Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj [Faiez Serraj] has called for parliamentary and presidential elections in March 2018. In what has been described as a road map to unify the country, the leader of the Government of National Accord (GNA) […]