WASHINGTON – Private 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 Security Council, obtained by The New York Times and The Washington Post, mentioned that Prince deployed a drive 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 a success squad to trace and kill Libyan commanders against Haftar — together with some who have been additionally European Union residents, The New York Times mentioned.
Prince, a former Navy SEAL and the brother of Trump’s schooling secretary, Betsy DeVos, drew infamy as the top of the Blackwater personal safety agency, whose contractors have been accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007.
Four who have been convicted have been pardoned by Trump final year.
The accusation exposes Prince to attainable U.N. sanctions, together with a journey ban, the Times mentioned.
Prince didn’t cooperate with the U.N. inquiry and his lawyer declined to remark to The New York Times, it added.
An AFP request for remark to the Hong Kong-based Frontier Services Group, for which Prince is a board member and deputy chairman, went unanswered.
Oil-rich Libya has been torn by civil conflict 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 Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, and an eastern-based administration, backed by Haftar, who has confronted costs of conflict crimes.
Then-President Trump in 2019 praised the strongman for his position in “fighting terrorism” in Libya.
A brand new interim govt for the nation was chosen Feb. 5 by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Switzerland, comprising 75 contributors chosen by the U.N. to signify a broad cross-section of society.
Haftar has pledged his assist for the initiative.