TRIPOLI: Ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi’s last prime minister redirected public funds to support the regime’s armed forces during Libya’s bloody uprising in 2011, a witness in his trial said today.
Former premier Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi stands accused of killing civilians and of financial crimes.
Mohamed Abubakar Dhib, a former senior official in the Kadhafi regime, said orders for the transfer of 15 million euros to accounts in Tunisia were given by Mahmudi, adding that the transfer did not go through because of a UN freeze on Libyan assets in place at the time.
Mahmudi appeared at the latest hearing alongside two co-defendants, Al-Mabruk Zahmul and Amer Salah Tirfas, who managed a trade and investment company run by Kadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam.
The three are accused of misusing public funds and having aimed to unjustly kill people during the 2011 uprising that led to Kadhafi’s ouster and death.