By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli 4 October 2017:
The top floors of the old Passports and Immigration department building in central Tripoli’s Shara Sayidi were engulfed in fire yesterday. No one was hurt and the blaze was eventualy brought under control.
The department has moved to new premises in Salahadeen district, with the old building used mainly to house files.
The cause of the fire is not known. There have been unconfirmed allegations that it was started deliberately in order to destroy evidence of a black market trade in Libyan passports. There have been persistent rumours of passports having been handed out to foreign militants, even of hundreds of blank passports being found in the home of a former Benghazi member of the General National Congress.
No proof of any of this, however, has been presented.