Abdul Hadi Rabie
Many Libyan influential parties are planning to seize a share of the oil cake, which accounts for 3.76 percent of the world’s crude oil reserves or 48.5 billion barrels and more than one trillion cubic meters of natural gas, according to a report released by the Organization of the Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
A huge wealth that aroused the greed of the international oil companies, and saluted the saliva of the militias, factions and various parties, was in the range of systematic looting, according to the report of the United Nations experts to the Security Council on September 5, 2018, referring to the manipulation of funds and wealth of Libyans.
Indeed, those involved in corruption cases want to destroy the documents that condemn them, especially with the international and local demands to investigate the looting and manipulation of wealth, which was requested by the Libyan National Army led by Marshal Khalifa Hafter, which required launching an international investigation into the Central Bank of Libya for the re-delivery of oil ports and fields and institutions to the National Oil Corporation of the National Reconciliation Government. This comes after being dominated by the process of “holy invasion” to clear the oil ports of the militias of Ibrahim al-Jadran and the Chadian opposition in 21 June 2018.
On September 10, 2018, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) was attacked by terrorists. The accusation was immediately raised by an organization calling for the implementation of the operation. However, the destruction of the institution and some of its documents raised questions about the truth behind the attack and the beneficiary.
Libya’s Channel 218 reported a suspicious report by an unnamed source at the Libyan Economic Security Bureau, confirming that what happened in the attack was not just a criminal terrorist act, but a comic play to destroy the organization’s documents.
The report referred to the two meetings on August 20 and September 6 in the institution, which aimed to collect files of corruption to obliterate and erase any information that may condemn them, especially after the increasing frequency of the situation following news of the change of Director of the Libyan Foreign Bank Mohammed bin Yusuf, and the meeting of the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, and the great friend of the governor of the similar entity in Tripoli for auditing, in Tunisia.
The report pointed out that the officials of the oil company collected the invoices and official correspondence and contracts of sale and purchase and the rates of production, and placed them on the roofs of office tables to facilitate the burning process. The actual value of stolen funds are estimated at about $112 billion, in many cases including in the foremost gas exported to Italy via the naval pipeline as well as the sale and purchase contracts signed with Glencore and Vital and Hilmi Nada (nephew of Youssef Nada, finance minister of the Muslim Brotherhood’s international organization), according to the report.
The report mentioned a number of important legal persons involved in corruption cases, notably Ibrahim al-Jahdan, the former oil ports chief, who leads militias that carry out several attacks on the Oil Crescent (around Sidra and Ras Lanuf from time to time) and his brother Salim al-Jidran, without formal legal procedures or authorizations.
This takes place with the knowledge of Mustapha Sinnallah Belliblu, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libyan Oil Corporation, Ahmad Al-Muaitiq, Vice President of the Libyan Presidential Council of the National Reconciliation Government and Belaid Ahmed Salem, Director of Financial Management at the Oil Corporation, the mastermind behind preparing and signing with Mustapha Sinallah the documents and invoices for purchases of fake products in large quantities.