Tripoli, 21 June:
The Appeals Court of the Administrative Circuit in Tripoli has upheld the appeal submitted by Saad Elshlmani, the Director . . .[restrict]of the Office of Press and Information at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation against the Integrity Commission.
The Integrity Commission had ruled that Saad Elshlmani did not pass its integrity and patriotism test and that he could no longer continue in his position as Director of the Office of Press and Information at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
However, the court ruled in its session on 18 June to accept the challenge number 94 and abolish the Integrity Commission Resolution number 65, thus allowing Mr Elshlmani to return to his work.
The Integrity and Patriotism Commission is an independent body charged with vetting holders of various Libyan leadership positions, including the NTC, the government and election candidates, with any links with the previous regime or corruption.
In April, it dismissed the deputy health minister, Abdel Mohamed Abushofah, and in May it ordered the removal of two further officials from their posts, and rejected the appointment of a third, including the Libyan Ambassador to Rome, Abdulhafed Gaddur.
The commission dismissed Al-Mehdi Saleh Jerbi from his position at the Libyan Mission to the Unitied Nations and rejected the nomination of Abdul Salam Almaghboob to a Libyan foreign mission.
Equally, this is the second notable ruling by Libya’s post February 17 Revolution judicial system after the Supreme Court had overturned Law 37, the so-called “anti-glorification law” last week, ruling it to be unconstitutional under the NTC’s Constitutional Declaration of 3 August 2011.
For more details of the ruling against Law 37, see: http://www.libyaherald.com/supreme-court-strikes-down-law-37/
For more on the Integrity Commission’s rulings, see: http://www.libyaherald.com/integrity-commision-dismisses-libyan-ambassador-to-rome/