TRIPOLI/LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – A tanker has started
loading crude at Libya’s eastern port of Hariga for the first
time in nearly nine months, after a federalist group agreed to
re-open the port last week, a state oil company official said on
The tanker Aegean Dignity arrived on Tuesday and more
tankers were on the way, according to National Oil Corp. and
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi’s sons and dozens of his ex-officials on Monday in a test of its transition to democracy, but it was quickly adjourned as some of the investigations had not been completed.
Neither son, Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam, was in court at Tripoli’s Al-Hadba prison, but the late ruler’s spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi was among the former senior aides sitting in blue jumpsuits behind a fenced-off section.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan prosecutors opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi’s sons and more than two dozen of his ex-officials on Monday in a major test for the North African state’s transition to a democracy.
Gaddafi’s sons Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam did not appear in the courtroom at Tripoli’s Al-Hadba prison, but the deposed ruler’s ex-spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi was among the former senior officials sitting in blue jumpsuits behind a fenced-off section.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan prosecutors prepared to start the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi’s sons and former officials on Monday in a major test for the North African state’s transition to a democracy since its 2011 revolution.
Security was tightened around Tripoli’s Al-Hadba prison where the trial of Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam was to take place. They face charges of corruption and war crimes alongside more than 30 other Gaddafi-era officials.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam, two of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s sons, are expected to appear in court on Monday, facing charges of corruption and war crimes alongside more than 30 other Gaddafi-era officials.
The mass trial will be seen by the international community as a barometer for Libya’s progress in establishing a democratic state after the chaotic 2011 revolution that ended four decades of Gaddafi’s one-man rule.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s interim prime minister handed his resignation to parliament on Sunday, just one month into the job, saying gunmen had tried to attack his family.
Abdullah al-Thinni’s resignation adds to the growing chaos in Libya, where the government has struggled to control brigades of former rebels nearly three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
TRIPOLI, April 11 (Reuters) – Libya’s bid to resume normal
oil exports after blockades at eastern ports that have lasted
months stumbled on Friday when the oil terminal and refinery at
Zawiya in the west were closed by fresh protests.
A blockade by local citizens late on Thursday prevented oil
workers from discharging several oil product deliveries and
forced the 120,000-barrel-per-day refinery to shut down,
according to a government statement and a state oil company
TRIPOLI, April 11 (Reuters) – Libya may have averted a state
collapse by striking a deal with eastern rebels to reopen
occupied oil ports, but technical delays and simmering
federalist dissent threaten to disrupt production once again.
On Sunday, Libya’s fragile government reached an agreement
with Ibrahim al-Jathran, the leader of eastern rebels, to reopen
two oil ports they were holding and lift a nine-month blockade
crippling crude exports.
TRIPOLI, April 10 (Reuters) – Libya’s coastguard has
detained more than 400 immigrants, mostly from the Horn of
Africa, in its waters in the past two days as they tried to
illegally cross to Europe in small boats, Libyan officials said
The coastguard picked up five boatloads of people. Warning
shots were fired at several vessels, and 78 people were rescued
from a sinking ship, said navy spokesman Qassem Ayoub.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s oil protection force is not in full control of the Zueitina port as some militiamen are still at the facility following a deal to end their blockade of eastern oil terminals, a Petroleum Facilities Guard spokesman said late on Tuesday.
The port, along with the country’s two largest, Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, has been under the control of an eastern federalist group led by former guard member Ibrahim al-Jathran, who recruited men from within his ranks.