By Saber Ayyub.
Tripoli, 15 June 2015:
The Central Bank spokesman Essam El-Oul, one of four CBL employees kidnapped by militiamen last week . . .[restrict]was released yesterday, two days after his three colleagues were freed.
El-Oul has told the Libya Herald that he does not wish to speak about his kidnapping. He would say only that he was safe and well and back with his family and had not been mistreated.
It is unclear if his abduction was related to the letter of credit fraud enquiry by CBL staff. The three inspectors from the CBL’s money-laundering department were seized from the Bel Ashar branch of Gumhouria bank in Tajoura where they were investigating a letter of credit reportedly for $159 million submitted with apparently fake documents.
They were released on Friday after CBL staff threatened to shut down the entire banking system. El-Oul was also kidnapped last year and held for three days before being released in circumstances that were never explained.