Libya's sovereign wealth fund to move offices after abductions, threats
The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), which holds about $66 billion worth of mostly frozen assets, has long been at the center of leadership disputes and power struggles that reflect Libya's political splits.
These have sometimes played out at the LIA's main offices in the Tripoli Tower office block, where the head of the fund appointed two years ago by Libya's internationally recognized government, Ali Mahmoud Hassan Mohamed, had managed to install himself following a dispute with a rival claimant.
Tripoli is largely controlled by a handful of powerful armed groups claiming official status that have expanded their economic interests, penetrated key institutions and frequently abduct rivals with impunity.
"The authority rejects these actions and announces the transfer of its headquarters from Tripoli Tower as a result of security breaches."
The LIA said staff had been threatened, intimidated and had their movements restricted, and that some employees were abducted and held at a nearby base. Heads of departments were told not to comply with instructions from management.
"The IT manager was forced to suspend the e-mail of the chairman of the board of directors, the chief executive officer, the chief financial officer and the operations manager," the LIA statement said.
The fund has been involved in several high profile international lawsuits over investments made prior to 2011.
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