Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha suspended and posed under investigation by Al-Serraj
The Minister of the Interior of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha, welcomed the decision of the Presidential Council to suspend him from work and transfer him to the investigation, asking this investigation to be public.
The minister office, in a statement released Friday evening, said he firmly believes in the rule of law and in institutions where no one is above responsibility, respecting the administrative hierarchy. The note explains the position and statements of the Ministry of the Interior, regarding the peaceful demonstrations, is the subject of investigations. “His objection to the security measures, issued by the armed parties not affiliated with the Ministry of the Interior, and the consequent abuse of Libyan citizen dignity, in violation of his rights and squandering of his blood is under investigation.” The note added.
The minister said: “If my prejudice towards the Libyan people in claiming their just rights by peaceful means is the basis of the decision and the object of the investigation, I have the honor to appear, to reveal the facts, as they are, without courtesy or equivocation, to inform you of what is sufficient to eliminate the doubt with certainty of evidence.”
Bashagha demanded that the interrogation and investigation be in the public domain and broadcast live by the media, indicating his desire to highlight the facts before the Presidential Council and the Libyan people he described as “the only source of legitimacy, beginning and end.” Bashagha stressed his commitment to the immediate implementation of the decision in compliance with the law.
Hundreds of people took to the streets in Misrata in solidarity with the Minister of the Interior, defending his actions in the protection of young demonstrators. While on the social networks, the slogan “we are all Bashagha” has become a trend in just a few hours.
On the other hand, the militias of the Tripoli Protection Force have renewed their full commitment to the instructions of the Presidential Council led by Fayez al-Serraj. On the subject of security control and protection of the homeland and the citizen, describing the recent decisions of Prime Minister Fayez al Serraj as “audacious” and “the strength of legitimate authority,” adding that “no one is above the law.”
Serraj assigned the joint force in the western region led by Osama al-Juwaily to monitor security in the capital, in coordination with the Interior Ministry, military, and other security agencies. The decision invited the force assigned under Article 1 to submit its periodic reports to the Prime Minister on the daily security situation in the capital, and the measures taken to achieve this.It is interesting to note that Serraj announced his decision while the Interior Minister was in an official visit to Ankara.