In a statement, the Ministry of the Interior of the Libyan Union Government (GNA) announced the arrest of Abd al-Rahman al-Milad, aka al-Bidja, a former Libyan Coast Guard. Wanted by Interpol for human trafficking, al-Bidja was arrested by the security directorate in Tripoli, the ministry announced Wednesday, October 14.
Suspected, among other things, of being involved in "human trafficking", Abd al-Rahman al-Milad was dismissed in 2018 from his position as Unit Captain in the city of Zaouia. The sanctions also involved freezing his bank accounts and a travel ban. It was the subject of an Interpol notice issued following a request by the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee which, in June 2018, sanctioned six heads of networks of migrant traffickers active in Libya.
In Libya, the first destination of African migrants who wish to go to Europe, several migrants and refugees lose their lives because of the human trafficking carried out in this country disturbed by a conflict that has been going on for years. Several NGOs have repeatedly denounced the conditions in which migrants and refugees live. Recently, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) revealed that approximately 10,000 people have been intercepted at sea and brought back to Libya by the Libyan Coast Guard since January 2020.