In the face of growing economic constraints, the shadowy Colombian businessman Álex Saab had helped Maduro’s government negotiate gold sales with Turkey, among other dealings. CAIRO (Sputnik) - The Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has decided to reorganize its command structure amid the retreat of its forces from a number of positions in the course of the confrontation with the UN-backed Government of National Accord, the Army's spokesman Major General Ahmad al â¦ 'We are pursuing these claims in a United States federal court because of an available US law, the Torture Victim Protection Act, and the lack of due process in Libya'. Money stolen from a central bank in Benghazi found in France. He was helped by members of the Libyan National Army (ANL) under high security protection. Families are seeking justice and restitution from Haftar and his sons Khalid and Saddam for 2014 killings in Benghazi, Haftar is former CIA asset who US hoped could topple longtime Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (AFP), Tripoli government suspends Libya talks after Haftar's forces shell capital's port, Libya's Khalifa Haftar accused of murder and torture in US lawsuit. "Khalifa Haftarâs banking deals go through Khaled and Saddam Haftarâs accounts through Emirati banks, according to the report." His forces â¦ The horse's registered name is "Saddam Kh. By Col. During the administration of Ronald Reagan, Haftar was a CIA asset who Washington hoped could help topple longtime Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Another brother, Ali, was also fatally and three others were wounded. Khalifa Haftar (Wikipedia)Little is known about this officer who assisted Muammar Gaddafi in 1969 to topple the Sanussi monarchy. This private jet attracts the attention of “, The goal is, according to several specialists, to “, finance and preserve the politico-military entity. The illicit gold has created a criminal pipeline for funds that have proven critical to his government’s survival amid continued sanctions. Khalifa Haftarâs son had even met the Turkish intelligence chief before the May 2019 offensive launched to seize Tripoli. It has two governments, two armies, a huge swath of land bordering the Sahel, Tunisia, Algeria, Chad, and Sudan. The investigation into Haftar’s alleged bartering of US dollars for illegal gold adds to the already complex links between Venezuela and powerful actors in the Middle East. After becoming commander of the Libyan National Army, Haftar has since taken over large parts of eastern Libya and remains engaged in a civil war with the UN-backed Government of National Accord. Captain Saddam Haftar and Captain Khalid Haftar are officers in the Libyan National Army, while Al-Sadiq Haftar is also in Libya. The goal is, according to several specialists, to “finance and preserve the politico-military entity” established by Khalifa Haftar in eastern Libya. Khalifa Haftar and his two sons may be incriminated in a US federal court over the torture, deaths of Libyans in 2014 News Service 09:14 February 25, 2020 AA File photo: Khalifa Haftar Haftar was taken prisoner by the Chadians and had to be rescued by the CIA after having â¦ When Adel Salam al-Suyid, and his son, Ibrahim, rushed home to rescue other family members, they were captured and kidnapped. Khalifa Haftar leads the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), an armed militias affiliated with the Tobruk government in the country's east. Share - Advertisement - Marshal Khalifa Haftarâs private plane landed in Istanbul twice in July last year. Khalifa Haftar, a Field Marshal, born 7 November 1943 in Ajdabiya in eastern Libya. Libya's Haftar releases detained Turkish ship, Turkey condemns seizure of vessel by Haftar's forces in Libyan waters, Booby-trapped bodies and trip-wire toys: The perils of clearing Tripoli of mines, Libya is 'world's largest theatre' for drone attacks: UN, Libya faces financial crisis amid Haftar oil blockade, PM Sarraj says, US senators slam Trump administration for failing to stop Libya's proxy war. Two days later, other forces under Haftar's command attacked the Krshiny home, killing two family members. A former general in Muammar Gaddafiâs army, Haftar fell out with the dictator in the 1980s and spent most of the intervening decades living in the United States. Two Libyan families have filed a lawsuit against Khalifa Haftar in a US court, alleging that forces loyal to the eastern military commander tortured their family members to death. Two other sons, Uqba Haftar, who works in real estate, and Al-Muntasir Haftar as well as his daughter Asma Haftar live in Virginia in the United States. Born in Ajdabiya in eastern Libya, Haftar was a key ally of Qaddafi when the ex-leader seized control from King Idris in a coup d'état in 1969. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs state that in 2014, forces under Haftar and his sons' command captured the Suyid family home in Benghazi during an offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group. Reports say Haftar’s associates flew on multiple occasions to the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, according to flight-tracking information cited in the Wall Street Journal. Saddam Haftar is known to illegally sell scrap metal and oil to Turkey. Khalifa Haftar has been part of the Libyan political scene for more than four decades, shifting from the centre to the periphery and back again as â¦ During a ceremony that saw their Father Khalifa Haftar bearing the Marshal insignia that was given to him as a â¦ As Venezuela’s oil production has dried up, Maduro has increasingly relied on minerals like gold to keep his government afloat. The Falcon 900 also landed during the same period in Abu Dhabi and then at the private Emirati airport Al Batine, reserved for business â¦ The ANL’s banking deals go through Khaled and Saddam Haftar’s accounts through Emirati banks. His brother Mustafa's body was found days later, his hands tied behind his back and bullet holes in his head and chest. Khalifa Haftar, his son Saddam and the gold smuggler. LT provides a space for calm, sober and rational thinking that seeks to arrive at the truth and take the democratic process forward in Libya. Brigadier General Khalifa Haftar's son transferred large sums of money and silver from the Central Bank of Libya to unknown destinations in 2017, a new report has revealed. The Maduro government also has been draining the gold reserves of the Venezuelan Central Bank (Banco Central de Venezuela — BCV) in exchange for oil and refinery parts from Iran. (ret.) Born in the Libyan city of Ajdabiya in 1943, Haftar joined Benghaziâs military academy in 1961. Then, over the next seven and a half hours, he was subjected to electric shocks. According to the lawsuit, which can be accessed below, Haftar, a dual Libyan-American citizen, and his sons own multiple properties in Virginia worth a total of at least $8m. Libyaâs Field-Marshall Khalifa Haftar â the returnee. Libya's Khalifa Haftar. Khalifa Haftar challenged in Virginia by relatives of military leaderâs alleged victims Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor Fri 4 Sep 2020 07.57 EDT Last modified on Fri 4 Sep 2020 14.36 EDT Belgasim Omer", a combination of the names of Haftar's sons Saddam and Belgasim, according to a public database of horse ownership. And witnesses accuse the son of the strong man from the east of the country of having seized this liquidity which is flowing from Europe. Only England And Wales jurisdiction apply in all legal matters. Saddam Haftar est connu pour vendre des ferrailles et du pétrole dâune manière illégale à la Turquie. The report indicated. In the lawsuit, which was filed in the State of Virginia on Tuesday, the families are seeking restitution from Haftar and his sons using the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991, which allows family members of victims of extrajudicial killings and torture to sue the people responsible. In 2011, when Gaddafi was ousted by rebels and later killed, Haftar returned to Libya and served as the head of the military for Libya's internationally recognised government, the Government of National Accord (GNA). A military source revealed that Saddam, the son of General Khalifa Haftar, had appeared in a military ceremony, in Jordan some time about two days ago, and was awarded the military rank of Captain. Libyan gold would also be sold through Saddam Haftar to the Emirates for weapons, mercenaries and dollars. În aceÈti ani, Haftar a rÄmas un partizan al lui al-Gaddafi care l-a numit comandantul forÈelor armate ale regimului sÄu. Haftar's family, including his sons Khalid and Saddam, settled in northern Virginia, where they reportedly bought a total of 17 properties. By one account, Khalifa Belqasim Haftar (Arabic â Ø®ÙÙÙØ© Ø¨ÙÙØ§Ø³Ù ØÙØªØ±) was born on November 7, 1943, in the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya (Ø§Ø¬Ø¯Ø§Ø¨ÙØ§) in the al-Wahat Governorate. Saddam Haftar is known to illegally sell scrap metal and oil to Turkey. At the time, the city center where the establishment is located had been taken from the Islamists by the forces of Khalifa Haftar. (Feature photo: Khalifa Haftarâ¦ Dr. Jacques Neriah web posted March 9, 2020. The moldy money circulating in France and Germany therefore most likely originated from the central bank of Benghazi. According to a report by the UN expert group, this traffic had earned him 1.5 billion Turkish pounds. Voices. The allegations of the dollars-for-gold trade with Haftar follows a pattern of Maduro’s regime selling gold to players in the Middle East. Khalifa Haftarâs emergence as a Libyan power player didnât receive the warmest of welcomes from European leaders. According to this report, Saddam Khalifa Haftar, who heads the 106 Brigade of the Libyan National Army, ordered the transfer of this money to an unknown location. Generalul Khalifa Haftar a fost unul dintre ofiÈerii conduÈi de colonelul Muammar al-Gaddafi în organizarea loviturii de stat care a dus la îndepÄrtarea regelui Idris de la conducerea Libiei în anul 1969. Le but étant, selon plusieurs spécialistes, de « financer et préserver l'entité politico-militaire » instaurée par Khalifa Haftar à l'Est de la Libye. Somali. Khalifa Haftar is a Libyan military officer currently involved in the war to conquer Tripoli and, in turn, the entire country. A Libyan woman hits a portrait of Khalifa Haftar with a shoe during a demonstration in Tripoli's Martyrs Square on April 19. What was Khalifa Haftar’s private plane doing in Turkey when President Erdogan and Haftar seem to be the worst enemies? Libya is the second largest reserve of gold in Africa. Many in eastern Libya believe this Turkish connection of the Haftar family is part of “business activism” to raise cash. Usually this aircraft is used by Khalifa Haftar, but more and more frequently it is used by his relatives for trafficking and money laundering. 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The Libyan and US governments have tracked the private jet of Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army, to Venezuela, according to an exclusive Wall Street Journal report. The hypothesis is widely shared in some circles in Benghazi. for, Fault lines of the revolution: political actors, Assassination of Arab Intellectuals by Extremists, A Libyan â¦ ©Reuters/Costas Baltas In the space of a few days, rebel Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has been pushed back from most of the fronts that were opened in the west of Libya by Turkish forces backed by Qatari finance and US logistical support. The sources told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that giving this rank to Saddam, in the ceremony of graduating a military group affiliated with Haftarâ¦ In June, the United States sanctioned five Iranian ship captains who delivered 1.5 million barrels of gasoline to Venezuela to block Iran’s energy trade and to put further pressure on Maduro, Reuters reported. Khalifa Haftar, the renegade Libyan general, took many world leaders and most experts by surprise when he attacked Tripoli on April 4. PWB is an expression of our national Libyan identity. Haftar turned on the Libyan leader in 1987, but an attempted coup never came to fruition, and he and his allies eventually came to the US for protection. The next day, their bodies were discovered bearing signs of torture. "We are confident the plaintiffs will succeed and are hopeful that they receive financial damages," Carroll said. Protect Its Oil From, Libyan council calls for battle against ‘war. Six brothers from the family were taken prisoner and accused of being members of IS. © Middle East Eye 2020 - all rights reserved. In May, Adel El Zabayar, a former Venezuelan congressman, was indicted in the United States for reportedly acting as a go-between for Maduro and groups in the Middle East, such as Hezbollah and Hamas. It breaks the artificial tribal, regional, ethnic divides, that have played havoc with our very existence. The sons of the renegade General, Khalifa Haftar, Saddam (Photo L) and Khalid, received military ranks despite being civilian individuals without any prior involvement in military academies or institutions. The law is aimed at perpetrators of torture who are acting under apparent government authority. Haftar led an unsuccessful campaign to seize the capital Tripoli from Libya's United Nations-supported Government of National Accord (GNA) since last year. Libyaâs women face dangers for speaking out â they need protection. Many in eastern Libya believe this Turkish connection of the Haftar family is part of “. In addition, Maduro finds himself increasingly cornered after the capture of one of his most trusted financiers in early June. Haftarâs sons stole the money reserved at the Central Bank of Libya's branch in Benghazi in 2017, while the governor in eastern region Ali Al-Hibri covered it up by claiming the â¦ The jet is suspected of having picked up illegal gold, carrying it to Europe and then the Middle East, according to European, Libyan and US security officials who spoke to the newspaper. Only England And Wales jurisdiction apply in all legal matters. Now, weeks later and with his forces confronted by a determined resistance, Haftarâs high-stakes gamble may soon prove to be a colossal mistake, writes Toperich for The Hill. Since April, his forces have laid siege to the capital and are fighting the interim government with the backing of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russian mercenaries. It is mostly the sons of Haftar, Khaled, Saddam, Al Siddik and a handful of nearby officers who use the Falcon to carry out their business. Ibrahim al-Krshiny, already injured in the eye from the attack on the house, was stripped naked and then beaten on the head with pipes, cables and a broomstick, according to the lawsuit. Libya can qualify today as a failed state. Still according to the UN report, the contents of this bank are estimated at 640 million Libyan dinars, 160 million euros and two million dollars, plus 6,000 silver coins. This bank was under the authority of the Deputy Minister of the Interior, Putin’s taking over Libya by stealth in order, How to Save Libya From Itself? May 17, 2019 May 17, 2019 Miral Sabry Al Ashry 3 Comments.