As part of his efforts to properly build the structures of the Ministry of the Interior, the Minister of Interior decided today, Monday, to create a department for combating financial crimes, money laundering and financing terrorism in the ministry.
The department will collect information and investigate crimes of theft, plundering public funds, money laundering and terrorist financing, and collecting evidence about the facts on which information is collected, or those referred to various security, judicial or private sources.
Bashagha referred to the Attorney General’s office the files that were investigated by the committee formed in accordance with the memorandum of cooperation with the Central Bank of Libya to exchange information related to money laundering and terrorist financing crimes, to take legal action about it.
The office will also prepare a database on all the facts related to financial crimes, money laundering and terrorist financing, and coordinate with the International and Arab Criminal Police office in Tripoli.
The Minister of Interior, Fathi Bashagha, had signed an agreement with the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, Alseddiq Al-Kabeer, to combat money laundering.
The Interior Ministry’s steps in combating corruption and crime and protecting and respecting human rights are not new. Since the Minister of Interior, Fathi Bashagha, assumed his duties, he announced a package of decisions that would protect the rights of citizens.
Bashagha decided, in November of last year, to establish an Office for Human Rights Affairs that includes a unit for receiving complaints and reports, a unit for investigation and information gathering, a unit for investigation and gathering evidence, and a unit for follow-up and reporting.
The office is concerned with investigating and collecting inferences about the human rights facts attributed to an employee of the bodies affiliated with the Ministry of Interior and other control bodies not affiliated with the Ministry, sending reports and complaints received to the office, writing investigation results and taking criminal procedures accordingly.