The Okavango Delta is home to some of the world’s most threatened species, including endangered African wild dogs and cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, and lions.
A group of 20 men evacuated from Benghazi, Libya and suspected of having been contracted to lend support to General Khalifa Haftar’s forces, were held under arrest in Malta for two days before being released without charge.
Multiple law enforcement sources speaking to this newspaper say the police are still investigating the incident, almost a year on since the arrival of the men on two RHIBs (rigid-hull inflatable boats) at the Valletta seaport in June 2019.
The abortive mercenary expedition last summer was organized and financed by a network of secretive companies in the United Arab Emirates, according to a confidential report submitted to the United Nations Security Council in February. The companies are controlled or part-owned by Christiaan Durrant, an Australian businessman and former fighter pilot who is a close associate of Erik Prince, America’s most famous mercenary entrepreneur.
Im Bürgerkriegsland Libyen war offenbar eine Geheimmission privater Einsatzkräfte im Gange – gelenkt aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten. Das geht aus einem Bericht der Vereinten Nationen hervor, aus dem die Nachrichtenagenturen dpa und Bloomberg zitieren. Dubiose Sicherheitsfirmen wollten demnach den libyschen Warlord Chalifa Haftar unterstützen – und schmuggelten dazu Hubschrauber und planten Überfälle auf Schiffe im Mittelmeer.
Opus and Lancaster 6 financed and directed an operation to provide Haftar’s forces with helicopters, drones and cyber capabilities through a complex web of shell companies, according to two diplomats who briefed Bloomberg on the contents of the UN Panel of Experts report shared with the Security Council’s sanctions committee in February. The diplomats also shared excerpts of the report with Bloomberg.