Tag Archives | smuggling

US Sanctions Network Threatening the Security of Libya

From US Embassy in Libya: The United States has imposed financial sanctions on a network of smugglers contributing to the instability in Libya. These individuals include Libyan national Faysal al-Wadi (Wadi), operator of the vessel Maraya, and his two associates, Musbah Mohamad M Wadi (Musbah) and Nourddin Milood M Musbah (Nourddin), and the Malta-based company, […]

Malta Seizes $1.1bn Counterfeit Libyan Currency

The United States commends the Government of the Republic of Malta's announcement May 26 of its seizure of $1.1 billion of counterfeit Libyan currency printed by Joint Stock Company Goznak-a Russian state-owned company-and ordered by an illegitimate parallel entity. The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) headquartered in Tripoli is Libya's only legitimate central bank. The […]

UAE Groups Suspected of Violation of Arms Embargo

By John Lee. UAE-based companies have reportedly shipped nearly 11,000 tonnes of jet fuel to eastern Libya, in a suspected violation of an international arms embargo. According to documents seen by the Financial Times, the shipment, under investigation by a UN panel of experts, had a market value of nearly $5 million when it was […]

NOC condemns "Illegal Shipment of Aviation Fuel"

By John Lee. The National Oil Corporation (NOC) has claimed that in recent days there has been an illegal shipment of aviation fuel into Libya. The NOC has informed the UN, GNA and numerous other governments of what it calls "these clear violations to UN resolutions and Libyan laws". It said in a statement: "This […]

Swiss Trader allegedly involved in Libyan Fuel Smuggling

By John Lee. Public Eye and Trial International claim to have uncovered business transactions in 2014 and 2015 between the Swiss trader Kolmar Group AG and a smuggling network whose main players are now facing trial in Sicily. Commenting on the report, NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said: "The specific case in this report is the […]

Call for Proposal: Study on Smuggling of Migrants

By John Lee. IOM Libya Research has recently advertised a call for proposal to conduct a Study on Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Persons in Libya in partnership with UNODC and UNICEF. Applications and proposals can be submitted following instructions here. Deadline for submission: 10 February 2020 (Source: UNGM)

EUR 150m to Tackle Human Smuggling

The European Union – via the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, North Africa Window - adopted four new migration-related actions totalling €147.7 million that will support Morocco in tackling human smuggling and irregular migration; improve the living conditions in Libyan communities and protect refugees and vulnerable migrants stranded in Libya through voluntary returns; and offer […]

Libya: Rich in Oil, Leaking Fuel

Tim Eaton has written an article for the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), entitled "Libya - Rich in Oil, Leaking Fuel". In it, he says that the oil-rich country is supposed to provide cheap, subsidized fuel to its citizens. But amid continuing violence and instability, up to one-third goes missing from official supply […]