The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) has announced that the Secretary-General of Interpol in Lyon has canceled the Belgian authorities’ request to issue an international arrest warrant against the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Libyan Investment Authority, Ali Mahmoud.
The Belgian authorities had previously requested that Interpol issue an international arrest warrant against Mahmoud, but the Libyan Investment Authority objected to the request, citing political motivations. Interpol temporarily suspended the request in June 2022, pending a final decision on whether to cancel it permanently.
The Libyan Investment Authority confirmed that Interpol has now canceled the request, stating that it did not comply with Interpol’s rules due to its political nature. The decision affirms that retaining data related to Mahmoud in Interpol’s records would jeopardize the organization’s neutrality under Article 3 of Interpol’s constitution.
The Libyan Investment Authority’s media advisor, Luay Al-Qraio, stated that the decision is part of a series of legal victories for the organization in protecting its assets and preserving them.