By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 12 June 2017:
The House of Representatives (HoR) is inciting hatred and violence by publishing a list of 75 Libyans which it accuses of being terrorists, says the country’s ambassador to Uganda, Fawzi Bukatef.
He is one of the names on the list which was drawn up by the HoR’s Defence and National Security Committee last week (the full list is below).
“This is not going to help reconciliation in Libya,” he told the Libya Herald from Kamala.
The accusations were completely false, he added, threatening to take legal action against those who compiled it. He said that he had fought for the revolution, having already spent 25 years opposing Qaddafi. He had been a point of contact between the revolutionaries and NATO and, far from being a terrorist, had been working against terrorists who were opposed to the revolution or who threatened the Libyan people.
“Once the war was finished, I pulled out of everything,” he said, including leadership of the 17 February Brigade, although he noted that he still kept a close eye on what was happening.
The HoR terrorist list simply did not make sense, he insisted, and it was a tragedy that the parliament had produced it.
I’m not against Hafter or the HoR,” he said, “but I don’t agree with what they are doing. It seems they want to fight and kill anyone who disagrees with them”.
In his own case, far from being a terrorist, he had for the past four years been an accepted and respected member of the diplomatic community in Uganda. “I’m here representing my country,” he said, “and this is what these people do”.
The Justice and Construction Party, generally seen as the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, has already protested at the inclusion of its leader Mohamed Sawan on the HoR’s list, which those who drew it up want to be added to the one announced last week by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain.
The State Council, whose president Abdulrahman Sewehli is also on the list, has likewise attacked it, describing it as an attempt to abort reconciliation in the country. Those behind the list were using the term terrorism to vilify and denigrate their political opponents, a statement stressed. The list was libelous and legal action was being considered, it noted.
Condemnation of the inclusion of Sewehli’s name has also come from Benghazi member of the HoR Ziyad Daghim. It countermanded efforts at dialogue which, he pointed out, the House has itself approved.
Daghim, himself a member of the Defence and National Security Committee, has also questioned the legality of the list, saying that it came from former members and that in any event it was not for the committee to decide who was a terrorist but for the courts.
“All this is not the competence of the House of Representatives,” he said.
There have been other protests.
The full list of names of Libyans which the committee claims have been cooperating with Qatar or involved in terrorism and which wants to be added to the existing terror list agreed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain is as follows, together with the allegations from the committee (and further information in square brackets):
- Mohamed Sawan, president of the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood [chairman of Justice & Construction Party]
- Saad Salama, official of the political bureau of the Brotherhood and a proposed as ambassador for the Libyan embassy in Doha
- Bashir Al-Kubti, former head of the Muslim Brotherhood
- Ahmed Al-Suqi, current head of the Muslim Brotherhood
- Suleiman Abdelgader, former head of the Muslim Brotherhood
- Nizar Kawan, official in the political department of the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood [member of State Council]
- Abdul Razzaq Al-Aradi, funder and leader in the Muslim Brotherhood
- Ismail Al-Greetli, responsible for the media wing of the group and responsible for Alraid channel and Ajwaa network
- Walid Al-Lafi, the official of the media wing of Muqatila [the pro-Islamist political alliance], the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) and a director of Al-Nabaa TV channel
- Suleiman Douga, media official of the Brotherhood and director of the Libya Ahrar channel in Doha
- Suhail Sadek Al-Ghariani, the former mufti’s son and the official from his Tanasuh TV channel
- Ahmed Khalifa, an official of Al Jazeera TV channel in Libya
- Salem Jaber, leader in the dissolved Dar Al-Ifta and a jihadist lecturers in the BDB, a promoter of jihad
- Osama Kaabar, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood living in Doha
- Anwar al-Fituri, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, living in Doha
- Salem al-Sheikhi, a preacher of jihad and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood
- Wanis Almabruk, a preacher in the Muslim Brotherhood and close to Ali Salabi and Qaradawi
- Awad al-Barasi, a financier and leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and has residency in Doha
- Ali al-Issawi is a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood and has extensive support and relations in Doha
- Mohammed Bayu, Ansar al-Sharia member, has a son who was killed with the IS in Benghazi and has residency in Qatar
- Hamza Abu Fares, official in the Dar Al-Ifta and a jihadist lecturer with the BDB and an instigator of jihad
- Mohammed Abu Sidra, Jihadi lecturer linked to the State of Qatar and political and financial supporter for Ansar Al-Sharia
- Omar Al-Karami, financial coordinator and activist in the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey and Qatar, and the right arm of Ali Salabi
- Khalid Al-Sharif, military official in Muqatila [former deputy defence minister and controller of Hadba prison]
- Sami Al-Saadi, leading activist in Muqatila [close colleague of Sadek Al-Ghariani]
- Abdul Wahab Qaid, coordinator of Muqatila in southern Libya
- Ahmed Al-Saadi, a military official in Muqatila in the western region and has residency in Qatar
- Taher Nasuf, a financier of the militants and former director of the banned Al-Sanabel Organization in Britain
- Essam Amish, a member of the international organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood
- Ali Abouzakouk Member of the international Organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood) [former HoR member]
- Abdul Rahman Qajah, currency trader and financial officer aiding the activities of the dissolved Dar Al-Ifta and the isolated mufti
- Khaled Tawfik Nasrat, a leader of Muqatila in Zawiya and the father of one of the detainees in the investigations of the Manchester attack
- Mohammed Al-Sari, a military official of Muqatila in Zliten
- Ahmed Abdul Jalil al-Hasnawi, a military official of Muqatila in southern Libyan
- Abdulrahman Al-Shaibani Al-Sewehli, one of the leaders of Fajr Libya funded by the State of Qatar [president of the State Council]
- Alaa Abu Hafs, the military wing of Muqatila
- Fawzi Bukatif, military and financial coordinator of the Muslim Brotherhood with the State of Qatar [leader of 17 February Brigade during the revolution, now ambassador to Uganda]
- Imad al-Banani, a leader in the Brotherhood and associated with Qatar
- Tarek Yousef Magarief, a member of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Libya and an official in the organisation Silatech, an organisation controlled by Qatar’s Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser [son of former GNC president Mohamed Magarief]
- Ahmed Shawki, financier for MB [head of NOC sales]
- Juma Al-Amami, a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood, with an organisation funded by Qatar and a relationship with the leaders of the MB, lives in Switzerland
- Abdulbaset Ghwaila, head of the Tripoli Awqaf and mufti for jihadi groups
- Hanan Shalouf, a retired member of parliament and a pro-Islamic advocacy group of the Ansar al-Sharia group [boycotting member for Misrata of the HoR]
- Mustafa Al-Sigezli, leading member of Muslim Brotherhood, and with close ties to Qatar. [Head of Libyan Programme for Reintegration and Development (ex-Libya Warriors Commission) and son of Mohamed Al-Sigezli, second prime minister under King Idris]
- Mustafa Al-Sharksi, commander of BDB
- Saadi Abu Khazim Al-Nawfli, a leader of Al-Qaeda in Libya
- Attiyah Al-Shaeri, an official of the so-called Mujahideen in Derna and a member of Al-Qaeda
- Taher Al-Ghrabli, a military commander of Muqatila in Sabratha
- Ali Al-Safrani, leader of IS in Libya and subject to US sanctions
- Abdulhadi Zargun, IS commander in Libya, sanctioned by US
- Mahmoud Al-Barasi, IS emir in Benghazi
- Mohammed al-Darsi (Alnas), leading Al-Qaeda figure in Libya and subject to an arrest warrant in Jordan
- Rifat Hadaqa, leader of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood
- Ali Idbiba, funder for the armed battalions affiliated and loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood
- Abdul Hamid Al-Dubeiba, funder to the armed battalions affiliated and loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood
- Anwar Sawan, a military supporter of the BDB and the Bengahzi Shoura Council
- Mohammed Al-Aradi, a financier and leader of the Muslim Brotherhood
- Saleem Al-Aradi, a financier and a senior official in the Muslim Brotherhood
- Hassan Shakha, a military officer in Libya Shield central militia and a collaborator with the supporters of Sharia in Sirte (2012-2014)
- Mohammed Musa, Military officer in Libya Shield central militia and collaborator with Ansar al-Sharia in Sirte (2012-2014)
- Omar Al-Hassi, field commander and political official in BDB
- Ali Al-Sbai, resign member of parliament resigned and a jihadist heretic and one of the preacher with Muqatila [elected to HoR in Tripoli’s hay Al-Andalus]
- Shaaban Hadia, from the military wing of al-Qaeda
- Ziyad Belam, commander in BDB
- Ahmed Al-Tajouri, military commander in BDB
- Yasser Al-Jabali, military commander in BDB
- Faraj Shaku, military commander in BDB
- Tariq Derman, the military official of Muqatila in Tripoli
- Salih Hadiya Al-Daiki, the military official of Muqatila and a commander in Hadba prison
- Abdulbasset Azzouz, a military and financial leader and a mastermind of the Muqatila
- Salah Badi, commander of Libya Dawn operation [former GNC member, head of Samud Front]
- Bashir Al -Faqieh, the spiritual leader of Al-Qaeda and the Muqatila in Libya
- Al-Tuhami Abu Ziyan, a member of the Muqatila and the founder of Al-Faruq Brigades
- Abdel Moneim Hasnawi, a leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its official in southern Libya
- Ahmed Sahil Al-Zwai, financial Coordinator between Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood and the Chadian mercenaries
The political, economic and media organisations listed that the HoR committee says “support and incite terrorism” and which are linked to Qatar are:
- Shoura Councils of the revolutionists of (Benghazi-Derna-Sirte-Ajdabiya)
- Libyan Wings Airline
- Al Tika Insurance Company (Ali Salabi)
- Al-Nabaa and Al-Tanasuh channels for Abdulhakim Belhaj and Suhail Sadek Al-Ghariani
- Qadwati Charity Foundation
- Kimam Al-Andalus Charity Foundation
- Samoud Front Brigade
- Libya Shield forces
- Libya Revolutionaries’ Operations Room