By Ayman Muftah.
Benghazi, 10 June 2017:
A local policeman is the leader of a gang that has been stealing vehicles in Benghazi, the city’s criminal investigation department says.
It has named him as Lieutenant Mahmoud Elfakhri.
He is said to be currently on the run following a failed attempt to arrest him.
According to the police, his identity was discovered after a number of thieves were arrested following a spate of car thefts in the city over the past few weeks. They named him as their mastermind, telling how he would take the vehicles to Ajdabiya, his home town, and then down to Kufra where they were sold.
It have been disclosed that yesterday morning there was to an attempt to ambush him on the road between Benghazi and Ajdabiya but there was a gun fight and he managed to escape. Police then gave him 24 hours to turn himself in. When he did not they released his name and a picture of him.
Declaring that the criminal investigation department would not allow Benghazi to become a hotbed of crime after all it had gone through, its head, Walid Elarafi, has said that the names and pictures of all suspected criminals would be published to help apprehend them, regardless of who they were.