Money impounded on way to warlord - The Libyan Report

Money impounded on way to warlord

Around 4.5 billion Libyan dinars were sent from Russia to a parallel Libyan central bank between February and June

Malta has seized a massive shipment of unofficial currency believed to have been on its way from Russia to a Kremlin-backed warlord in Libya.

The money is thought to have been printed at a mint in Russia and was destined for the self-styled Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a Gaddafi-era general whose forces are attempting to overthrow the UN-backed government in Tripoli, the capital of Libya.

Two 56 cubic-metre containers packed full of the currency were confiscated in September, Maltese security services confirmed. Like most western countries, Malta recognises the government in Tripoli.

Marshal Haftar, who dominates the rebel government based in the eastern city of Bayda, began his assault on Tripoli in April, shortly after his forces began receiving currency produced in Russia. More than 1,000… source