LNA Spokesman: We have evidence confirming Belgium’s finance of militias

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BENGHAZI – Spokesman of the General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA), General Brigadier Ahmed al-Mismari, said on Wednesday that the army “has the evidence confirming the involvement of Belgium in the sending of arms to the Tripolitania militias and the terrorist groups of Derna and Benghazi.”

Speaking last night at a press conference from Benghazi, Mismari added, “We have discovered suspicious air flights to transport arms from Belgium to Libya in 2016”.

According to Mismari to the recipients of the arms are the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, Ali al Salabi, and the former head of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), Abdelhakim Belhaj, while Khaled Sharif, who is the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, oversaw the operation.

Mismari added that those three figures have obtained Chinese anti-aircraft missiles then transferred to the Islamist militias of Derna and Benghazi.

Several international media reports accused the Belgian government of financing Libyan militias involved in human trafficking through frozen Libyan assets.

The UN Panel of Experts on Libya said in a final report in September this year that the payment of interest and other income contradicted the decision to freeze Libyan assets in general and violated sanctions on Tripoli.

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