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Newsline: Libyan embassy employee among three charged with drug trafficking in Malta

Three suspected drug-traffickers – one of the them an employee at the Libyan embassy – have been granted bail following their arraignment under arrest on Thursday. Tristen Kyle Pisani, 25, of Tarxien, a technician, Annajar Osama Soleman, 40, of Għargħur, working at the Libyan embassy, and Boulqassim Khalleefah Aboulqassim Almigheerbi, 32, of Swieqi, unemployed, pleaded not guilty to their alleged involvement in a drug-trafficking conspiracy and to the possession of cocaine under circumstances which indicated that the drug was not for their personal use. Inspector Justine Grech, handling the prosecution, explained how the arrests had come about after a tip-off about an underhand drug deal about to take place in Kirkop on Tuesday. Officers converging upon the indicated site came across all three men seated inside a vehicle, later found to be registered in the name of the wife of one of the suspects. The two Libyans were seated in front, while the Maltese man sat at the back. A search of the vehicle yielded a bag containing some one and a half kilos of cocaine, while €63,000 in cash were found stacked under the passenger seat.

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180614/local/embassy-employee-among-three-charged-with-drugs-trafficking.681743

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Newsline: Tunisia reopens consulate in Libyan capital Tripoli

Tunisia has reopened its consulate in the Libyan capital, the Libya foreign ministry said, the latest mission to return to Tripoli. Most embassies left Tripoli in 2014 when heavy fighting broke out between rival factions and few came back when a U.N.-backed administration took office in 2016. The Tunisian consulate resumed work after talks between the two countries, the Libyan foreign ministry said. The Tunisian foreign ministry declined to comment, but a diplomatic source confirmed the move. Tunisia closed its mission after ten staffers were kidnapped in 2015.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-tunisia/tunisia-reopens-consulate-in-libyan-capital-tripoli-idUSKBN1HS0BI

Newsline: Former official at Libya embassy in Egypt raids Libyan consulate HQ in Alexandria

Libya’s consul in Alexandria Adel Al-Hassi said the ex-consul Mohammed Al-Dressi along with some of his relatives and two diplomats who work in the consulate raided its headquarters and seized it early Tuesday. “Three Libyan security personnel were injured, one is in serious condition after being cut with a knife. The ex-consul-led mob seized the HQ and took the documents.” Al-Hassi explained to the press. He also urged Egyptian authorities to deport the attackers back to Libya and to hand him the HQ of the consulate as he is the legitimate consul, pointing out that the Presidential Council sent a letter to Egypt demanding lifting the diplomatic impunity of Al-Dressi after he attacked Cairo-based Libyan embassy earlier. The PC Head’s spokesman, Mohammed El Sallak, confirmed in a presser on Tuesday that Interim-Government-appointed Al-Dressi was the one who led the mob in attacking the consulate. El Sallak told reporters that the foreign ministry is following up on the situation in coordination with the Egyptian authorities, condemning the “heinous act.” Al-Dressi, meanwhile, told Al-Bayda-based Libyan News Agency that he resumed work from his office in Alexandria, adding he assumed office without any hindrances from the employees in there. Libya’s Cairo-based embassy and Alexandria-based consulate have been the battlefield between those appointed by the PC and by the Interim government in eastern Libya, with no clear action by Egyptian authorities, which have been swaying between accrediting PC’s consuls and regaining accreditation of eastern government’s diplomats.

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/former-official-libya-embassy-egypt-raids-libyan-consulate-hq-alexandria

Newsline: South Korean embassy due to reopen in Libya

South Korea will reopen its embassy in Tripoli very soon, the Asian country’s Chargé d’affaires announced. This came during a meeting with the Chief of the General Directorate of Diplomatic Security, Colonel Wissam bin Jamea, according to the Information Office of the Ministry of Interior. South Korea submitted a proposal to hold protection and bodyguard training for the Diplomatic Police personnel in Seoul.

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/south-korean-embassy-due-reopen-libya

Newsline: Embassy staff accused of trafficking migrants in Libya

Libya has issued arrest warrants for more than 200 people suspected of playing pivotal roles in the country’s brutal smuggling networks. Those accused of involvement in the trafficking rings and of torture, rape and murder include African embassy officials in Tripoli, members of the Libyan security forces and the heads of the government-run migrant detention camps. Libya has conducted the investigation with help from Italy, Seddiq al-Sour, head of investigations at the attorney-general’s office, said.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/embassy-staff-involved-in-libyan-trafficking-rings-vljhnzl82

Newsline: Italian embassy resumes visa issuance in Tripoli and Tobruk

The Italian embassy in Tripoli has announced that it will resume the issuing of visas from both Tripoli and Tobruk. In its announcement, the embassy said that it will be offering improved service and lower prices but did not give any further details. The Italian embassy is the only European state issuing visas from within Libya. Libyan visa applicants must apply for an appointment online through the Italian embassy’s visa processing agent’s website: http://www.fsglobal.com

https://www.libyaherald.com/2018/03/11/italian-embassy-resumes-visa-issuance-in-tripoli-and-tobruk-today/

Newsline: Diplomats in Libya Cairo embassy kick out the ambassador

Several Libyan diplomats at the Libyan embassy in Cairo issued a statement announcing the dismissal of the ambassador Mohammed Abdulaziz for “violations related to regionalism” from his part and his loyalists. The diplomats announced rejecting to have any ambassador appointed by the Presidential Council’s government of what they described “Muslim Brotherhood.” They also added that they only abide by the orders of the House of Representatives and not the Foreign Minister Mohammed Sayala, whom they said had suspended the salaries of the embassy staffers wrongly.

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/diplomats-libya-cairo-embassy-kick-out-ambassador