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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 […]

US returns 6th Century Marble Statue to Libya

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) International Operations Division Chief Leo Lin returned a sixth century marble statue known as the “Head of a Veiled Woman,” during a repatriation ceremony at the Libyan Embassy, Thursday. “As a federal law enforcement agency with a global reach, HSI is a leader in investigating […]

Sudan Closes Borders with Libya

By John Lee. Sudan’s Sovereign Council has ordered the closure of the country’s borders with Libya and the Central African Republic. Reuters says the order cited “unspecified security and economic ‘dangers‘”, while Anadolu Agency said it was to “prevent the smuggling of strategic goods“. Sudan is suffering from the scarcity of goods, high exchange rates […]

Plan to Deliver Fuel and Fight Smuggling in the South

As a result of continuous monitoring of the fuel supply issue by the National Oil Corporation, Brega Petroleum Marketing Company (BPMC) announces the completion of preparations to send a truck convoy carrying around 3.8 million litres of vehicle fuel, 1.2 million litres of diesel, and 80 tons of liquefied gas (cooking gas) from the Misurata […]

Sanctions-Hit Restaurant Changes Name

By John Lee. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has updated its sanctions list to reflect a change in the name of a blacklisted restaurant in Malta. The Scoglitti restaurant in Valletta was hit with sanctions in February due its association with Darren Debono, who is alleged to have […]

NOC condemns threats by ‘Smuggling Gangs’

NOC condemns threats by ‘smuggling gangs’ against Brega chairman Imad Benkoura The board of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) has condemned in the strongest terms threats by armed militia in Tripoli against Brega Petroleum Marketing Company (BPMC) chairman Imad Benkoura. Tripoli militia threatened Mr Benkoura in an attempt to force him to review the decision […]

Human Trafficking-Smuggling Nexus in Libya

From The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Probably nowhere more than in Libya have the definitional lines between migrant smuggling and human trafficking become as blurred or contested. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have left Libya’s shores in the hope of a new life in Europe; tens of thousands have died in the process. […]

US, UN Sanction Human Traffickers in Libya

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), concurrently with the United Nations, has sanctioned six individuals for threatening the peace, security, or stability of Libya through their involvement in the smuggling of migrants. Migrant smuggling has become a lucrative business in Libya and fuels instability by providing funding for rogue […]