By Ashraf Abdul Wahab.
Tripoli, 27 October 2013:
The Libyan Central Bank has denied angrily reports that it had failed to pay out . . .[restrict]urgently needed security funding in Benghazi and attacked inaccurate media reports.
Stories had circulated that LD17 million that should have been handed over to the Benghazi Security Directorate had been delayed, allegedly compromising its ability to do it work.
The allegation stung the Central Bank into a furious response which included an attack on media standards. “In view of the confusion raised by some media sources … the LCB herewith confirms that the disbursement decision of the Ministry of Finance has been executed on 10 October 2013”.
It said that the Benghazi branch of the bank had confirmed that the LD17 million had been paid into the account of the Benghazi Security Directorate.
The Central Bank urged: “those in charge of media to be objective and professional when reporting and publishing news, so that hastiness and rushing into publication of news without clarifications with the concerned parties, do not lead to misleading or distorting of public opinion, since such a thing will not in any way serve the interests of the country nor does it contribute to the restoration of security and stability”.