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Libyan Authorities Halt Bonus Payments to Former Rebels
10/04/2012 09:17:00
Libya's official news agency LANA reported on Monday that the country's interim authorities have stopped paying bonuses to former rebels due to widespread fraud costing millions of Libyan dinars.

Mohammed Harizi, spokesman for the ruling National Transitional Council, was quoted saying that
"Payment of rewards to rebels have been stopped due to violations and abuses," and that “millions of (Libyan) dinars allocated to revolutionaries were lost in (illegitimate) payments to non-beneficiaries."

Mr Harizi went on to say that the Libyan authorities have referred the violations to the offices of the attorney general and audit bureau for investigation. As such, no further payments would be made until distribution mechanisms are revised and the lists of beneficiaries approved by local military councils across the country.

The NTC spokesman stressed that the main purpose of bonuses was to encourage former rebels to join the official institutions of the state and to hand in their weapons.

Meanwhile there have been reports of militiamen expressing their anger over non-payment by protesting in front of the government headquarters in Libya's capital,Tripoli and blocking traffic in some neighbourhoods of the capital.
Comment:
When it comes to money, everybody goes greedy. That is why there is a huge problem of enlisted rebels that fought the former regime that is not legitimate in the true sense of the word. Some are just hoodlums that mushroom all around the country claiming to be rebels. The government should be firm and strict in implementing rules and regulations when it comes to compensation of men and women who really fought for freedom here in Libya and not just anybody who will step inside an office and claim that he or she is a rebel during the time of Qaddafi.
 

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