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Who is behind abducting Al-Araibi?

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial

The abduction of the deputy head of the Intelligence Services in Benghazi, Ahmed Al-Araibi, raised questions about the reasons behind it and about its consequences on the scene, especially after the announcement of his tribe that they would start to disclose the fate of their son.

It is worth mentioning that masked armed group stormed into Al-Araibi’s house, they also had broken the fitted cameras of the house then they took him and his son to an unknown place.

From its side, the House of Representatives (HoR) had condemned, in a statement, the action. The HoR called all security devices to take the responsibility to look for Al-Araibi and find him then to uncover the ones who had kidnapped him.

Some members of the HoR, who represent the eastern side of Libya, had called on the head of the HoR, Ageela Saleh, to work on finding Al-Araibi. They described the action as an unjustified terrorist attack.

The incident had met angry reactions and condemnations among personalities and local institutions. The Libyan Human Rights Organisation, who had denounced the action, stated that the military prosecutor had called Al-Araibi time before the abduction, but Al-Araibi hadn’t responded to the call.

On Tuesday, the notables and the people of Al-Araibat tribe condemned the action and described it as a terrorist action.

A source in Benghazi said that the reason for the abduction was an internal dispute inside the General Intelligence Services. Al-Ariabi was nominated by Saleh to become the head of the body but was refused by the director of the commander of the Dignity Operation, General Khalifa Haftar.

Moreover, there was a leaked document revealing accusations from Haftar’s forces and in addition to the military prosecutor against Al-Araibi. The document had accused Al-Araibi of being in contact with the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. The document said that Al-Araibi had communicated with former Defence Minister of the GNA, El-Mahdi El-Barghathi, and with the Deputy Minister of Interior of the GNA, Faraj Guaim.

About the questions of who had kidnapped Al-Araibi, and about the reasons and the consequences, a source said that Haftar is the one who stands behind the abduction operation. Haftar had received information that Al-Araibi had collected essential documents and information accuse Haftar, his sons, and some Dignity Operation leaders of corruption issues and misappropriations as well as killing opponents.

Observers considered kidnapping Al-Araibi as a message to scare others. The observers said that it is expected to witness more kidnappings against other military opponents.

Activists said that Haftar’s office announced that they had no relationship with the abduction operation, but this puts a hypothesis that there are other militias affiliated with Haftar’s forces carried out the action, such as the officer Mahmud Al-Werfalli who is still wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his crimes of killing prisoners without court.

Some think that it looks like that there are internal disputes affected Haftar’s general leadership after failing to establish a Libyan army loyal to the Libyan state. It is because Haftar’s leadership couldn’t control its satellites or wanted “maybe” its satellites to carry out illegal actions.