Dabaiba suspends Libyan ambassador to Belgium over embezzelment claims

Sep 30, 2023 | International actors

On 30 September, the Belgian newspaper le Soir published an investigation in which it claims the Libyan ambassador to Belgium, Amel Jerari, is suspected of having transferred hundreds of thousands of euros of Libyan public money to her son’s company, A.A.Agar Trade. Jerari and her son deny any wrongdoing and claim that the money was not embezzled but used for a real contract. Jerary was interviewed on 24 September in Tripoli before an administrative body. On 2 August, the president of the Administrative Control Authority suspended her from her post as a precautionary measure. The case has since blown up on social media with the publishing of the Le Soir investigation.

On 3 October, Prime Minister Abdul Hameed Dabaiba announced he is suspending Jerari from work and refering her exemption procedure to the Presidential Council. Meanwhile, Nadeema al-Quritli, secretary of the Libyan Ambassador to Belgium, has confirmed the authenticity of an audio leak attributed to the ambassador, in which she requested the transfer of 200,000 euros to her private account from patient treatment allocations. Al-Quritli said in an interview that she informed regulatory authorities in Libya last July about the incident.