Prosecutor General of Libya orders the imprisonment of Minister of Culture | World news


CAIRO (AP) – Libya’s top prosecutor on Wednesday ordered the imprisonment of the country’s culture minister pending an investigation into allegations of corruption.

Attorney General Al-Sediq al-Sour said in a statement that Minister Mabrouka Othman would be jailed for four days pending investigations into the allegations of management and financial irregularities and forgery.

The alleged corruption stems from contracts for the maintenance this year of some ministry buildings. The press release indicates that the ministry carried out maintenance on the facilities in 2020.

The charges include the misuse of public funds and forging official documents to cover up irregularities, he said.

The minister’s office could not be reached immediately for comment.

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The chaos in Libya has provided fertile ground for corruption. In 2020, the North African country was among the most corrupt countries out of 180 countries, according to the Transparency International group’s corruption perception index.

The oil-rich nation fell into chaos after the NATO-backed uprising in 2011 toppled and then killed longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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