Presidency Council angrily denies arms smuggling rumours
Refutation of recent accusations in arms smuggling. The Presidency Council (PC) has angrily denied that it is in any way connected with an arms shipment intercepted by a German warship a fortnight ago. It has warned the media to be credible and professional and not to fall prey to social media rumours. The Libyan-flagged motor-vessel El Mukthar was stopped in international waters on 1 May by the German navy corvette Ludwigshafen am Rhein. When boarded and searched the Libyan vessel was found to be transporting a range of weaponry including machine guns, AK47 assault rifles, RPG launchers and grenades, mortar bombs and other ammunition. The German ship, part of EU Sofia operation. According to some social media, it was a way, for PC to arm its new Presidential Guard. However, PC told that it’s fighting against arms smuggling, and works with EU for that.