Terrible health conditions and a broken leg was the status of the deputy interior minister of the UN-brokered government Faraj Egaiem after he was detained and handed over to Dignity Operation militias’ leader Khalifa Haftar, according to sources talking to Alnabaa TV Channel on Wednesday, with Egaiem’s fate remaining a mystery until today. The latest news coming from eastern Libya says a delegate from Awageer Tribe arrived in Rajma to check on Egaiem’s health condition and to meet Haftar in order to convince him to keep their son alive, especially that he accused Haftar lately of trying to kill him.
Taking advantage of statements
Haftar used the latest statements of Egaiem to set him up, so on November 10, he accused Haftar of being behind his assassination after his headquarters came under attack just five days after his convoy was hit by a car bomb. Dignity Operation militias’ public prosecutor Al-Mabrouk Al-Sosae issued an arrest warrant of the Deputy Interior Minister Faraj Egaiem for charges such as forming an illegal military body to fight law enforcement personnel, shouldering unauthorized weapons, besides criticizing “General Command” on the media. Later on, Egaime went to Bersis, where there was an attack by Dignity Operation militias at Ras Al-Mengar to finally control the area.
Forced to apologize
The arrest warrant for Egaiem came after he gave Haftar 48 hours to mandate Saiqa Forces commander Wanis Bukhamada to lead the “army” saying the war is on as Haftar is behind all the killings and murders in Benghazi. Those statements did not only get Egaiem arrested but also forced his tribe and kinsmen in Bersis to issue an apology as forced to by Haftar’s son, Khalid who threatened to turn their district “Bersis” into a war zone.
Yesterday’s right hand is today’s foe
Egaiem was Dignity Operation’s Anti-Terrorism Department Commander in Benghazi but he left it in 2016 and started scandalizing Haftar’s crimes after the latter accused him of being behind stealing 48 million dinars from Al-Jumhouriya Bank and then accusations of clandestine prisons in Benghazi run by pro-Haftar persons. To block such accusations, Al-Thinni government dissolved the Anti-Terrorism Department but Egaiem rejected and said the department is part of the UN-brokered government, whose Head – Fayez Al-Sirraj – appointed him last August a deputy interior minister.
Silence in the air
The rejection of Haftar toward Egaiem’s appointment in the UN-brokered government came piecemeal as in September he ordered a ban on the government officials disallowing them from working in the areas under his control, then later came attempts to assassinate Egaiem. These events that came all at once were responded to by the UN-brokered government with a statement condemning the targeting of the headquarters of the government in Benghazi, yet it remained silent toward the detention of Egaiem, despite the fact that he could be killed in his current location.