Your piece on Basit Igtet (Tripoli Braces for Hurricane Igtet, 21 Sep) missed the part about Igtet’s business connection to Qatar. He has lied about his father, education and being a pilot, but he told the truth about his companies Swiss International Management and Swiss Mideast Finance Group, both with close connection to Qatar.
Swiss International Management was founded in 2005 with share capital of approximately $100,000. Where did he get $100,000 in 2005? Swiss Mideast Finance Group was founded in 2006, also with share capital of $100,000. In 2007, equity capital was raised to approximately $5m. Whose $5m was this? Swiss Mideast Finance Group is now in liquidation, but in 2015 it funnelled $8.6m from Qatari company GSSG to Argentinian and Brazilian football teams to play a match in Doha to help Doha host the World Cup in 2022.
Is more money coming to Igtet from Qatar to destabilize Tripoli on September 25? Could this be why the mufti and the Muslim Brotherhood are supporting Igtet? Is this a desperation ploy by Qatar to reinsert Islamist militias into Tripoli? Tweets claim Igtet is already in a villa in Janzour, arriving with a convoy of 4x4s. If there are Americans in them, they are not representing the US Government or military per this statement.
My message to Tripoli residents: Please tell your friends and family to stay home and not give a reason for militias to fight in Tripoli streets and more Libyans to die in the crossfire. As for Igtet, now that he is in Tripoli, let him stay and enjoy the privilege of kidnapping and power cuts, just like every other Libyan.
New York, USA
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