Al-Kabir Chairs CBL Meeting on Terrorism Financing In the Presence of Person Involved in the Shagaabi Passport Fraud – Al Marsad

The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) in Tripoli announced that the National Committee for Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing will hold a meeting today, Wednesday, at the CBL’s headquarters. The means to combat corruption was on top of its agenda. The meeting, however, was held in the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mustapha Al-Manea who was involved in the illegal issuing a special passport to the detained terrorist Emad al-Shagaabi.

Surprisingly the chair of the Committee that was to fight money laundering and terrorism financing was the governor of the CBL himself, Siddiq al-Kabir. Also attending the meeting was a key member of the Muslim Brotherhood at the CBL, Mustapha al-Manea.

Mustapha Al-Manea (circled in red), a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood at the CBL, is sitting at the meeting.

Although the CBL did not mention the name of this Muslim Brotherhood member in its statement listed those who were present, yet the photos of the meeting clearly show Mustapha Al-Manea, who is al-Kabir’s advisor, sitting at the back of the meeting. Al-Manea, who was among the Muslim Brotherhood leaders who fled Benghazi, happens to be also a member on the Board of Directors of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA).

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Fathi Bashagha also attended the meeting along with the Director of the Investigation Office at the Attorney General’s Office, in addition to the delegates of the relevant state institutions whose names the CBL did not disclose. Moreover, Bashagha has yet to reveal the legal procedures he had taken against al-Manea for his involvement in issuing a special passport to the detained terrorist Emad al-Shagaabi. Rather, the Government of National Accord (GNA)’s Minister of Interior appeared with al-Manea at a meeting to combat terrorist financing at the CBL.

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The Committee discussed the preparations for the expected evaluation processes of the country’s AML/CFT system and the existing obligations of state institutions in particular.

In addition, the Committee reviewed local coordination and cooperation mechanisms in combating corruption due to its close association with money laundering crimes. The meeting decided to form a working group that comprises representatives from the Ministry of Interior, the Attorney General’s office, and the Libyan Financial Information Unit to address these issues.

Mustafa al-Manea is one of the most important members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the CBL, along with others, such as Fathi Aqoub, Sulaiman Abdul-Qader, the former observer of the Muslim Brotherhood, and others identified in this report by Al-Marsad published in May 2018.

It is also ironic that the Committee has taken up the CFT file at a time when Ali al-Manea, Mustafa’s brother, is the head of what is called the Benghazi Authority. He is also a member of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and one of its prominent leaders linked to the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, which is linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS.

© Al-Marsad English (2020)

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