WASHINGTON – Non-public safety contractor and ally of former U.S. President Donald Trump Erik Prince violated a United Nations arms embargo on Libya, U.N. investigators have present in a report detailed by U.S. media on Friday.
The confidential report back to the Safety Council, obtained by The New York Occasions and The Washington Publish, stated that Prince deployed a pressure of international mercenaries and weapons to strongman Khalifa Haftar, who has fought to overthrow the U.N.-backed Libyan authorities, in 2019.
The $80 million operation included plans to type successful squad to trace and kill Libyan commanders against Haftar — together with some who had been additionally European Union residents, The New York Occasions stated.
Prince, a former Navy SEAL and the brother of Trump’s schooling secretary, Betsy DeVos, drew infamy as the pinnacle of the Blackwater non-public safety agency, whose contractors had been accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007.
4 who had been convicted had been pardoned by Trump final 12 months.
The accusation exposes Prince to doable U.N. sanctions, together with a journey ban, the Occasions stated.
Prince didn’t cooperate with the U.N. inquiry and his lawyer declined to remark to the Occasions, it added.
An AFP request for remark to the Hong Kong-based Frontier Companies Group, for which Prince is a board member and deputy chairman, went unanswered.
Oil-rich Libya has been torn by civil struggle since a NATO-backed rebellion led to the toppling and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
The nation has in recent times been cut up between a Authorities of Nationwide Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, and an eastern-based administration, backed by Haftar, who has confronted fees of struggle crimes.
Then-President Trump in 2019 praised the strongman for his function in “combating terrorism” in Libya.
A brand new interim government for the nation was chosen Feb. 5 by the Libyan Political Dialogue Discussion board in Switzerland, comprising 75 members chosen by the U.N. to signify a broad cross-section of society.
Haftar has pledged his help for the initiative.