Attorney General lists individuals accused in Derna dams’ rupture

The Libyan Attorney General, Al-Siddiq Al-Sour, has confirmed to Libya Alahrar TV the listing of a number of individuals to be probed on accusations related to the rupture of Derna dams.

Al-Sour added on Wednesday that his office had initiated investigations in Derna, Benghazi and Tripoli, vowing that results would be announced as soon as possible.

Al-Sour announced from Derna on September 16 the initiation of investigations into the bursting of the two dams in Derna, eastern Libya, to unveil the reasons that could have been triggered by “corruption and negligence.”

Al-Sour vowed in a statement to Libyan News Agency (LANA) to bring to justice anyone found guilty of wrongdoings. He said charges against possible violators could only be made after the probe had ended.

On Tuesday, the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, called the flood that killed thousands in Derna, Libya, “a symbol of the world’s ills” as he opened the annual General Assembly, saying: “Derna was a sad snapshot of the state of the world, and that it was the flood of inequity, of injustice, of inability to confront the challenges in our midst.”

The full scale of the death toll has yet to emerge and officials have given widely varying death tolls. The World Health Organization has confirmed 3,922 deaths.


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