Bashagha refutes his own ministry’s denial, confirms report on wiretapping militia leaders

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Interior Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha, confirmed The Address’ report on November 24th 2018 regarding his request to the Presidential Council to wiretap some of the leaders of brigades in Tripoli.

In a T.V. channel interview yesterday, Bashagha said that “[he] as the Interior Minister, [has] monitored numerous calls between the armed brigades in Tripoli and the intelligence services of foreign countries,”

“Some intelligence agencies have been contacted and we have requested from them not communicate with militias, while other agencies, the ones we have no relationship with, have not been contacted,” Bashagha said.

“The Interior Ministry and the Libyan intelligence services have full information about the [foreign] intelligence services’ contacts with the armed groups,” he said.

GNA’s Interior Ministry has previously issued a statement claiming that what The Address reported was “groundless information”, and alleging that The Address is waging an “envious” campaign to undermine Bashagh’s efforts to establish security.

The Address based its report on a classified letter issued by Bashagha in which he requested the Presidential Council to allow the intelligence service to put some of the leaders of brigades in Tripoli under surveillance.

Bashagha accused those militia leaders of associating and communicating with an undisclosed foreign state.

Bashagha demands that leaders of brigades in Tripoli be kept under surveillance


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