The British newspaper, The Telegraph, has revealed that six British citizens including two former Royal Marine commandos had been accused of taking part in a botched mercenary mission to Libya to fight on behalf of warlord Khalifa Haftar.
According to The Telegraph, the five men and one woman were named in a confidential report by the United Nations panel of experts on Libya into a botched mission that ended with the mercenaries making a remarkable sea-borne escape after falling out with Haftar.
“The men, including former Royal Marines Sean Callaghan Louw and Andrew Scott Ritchie, were among around 20 mercenaries who traveled to Benghazi in eastern Libya in June 2019 in a contract organised by a UAE based company called Opus,” according to the report seen by the Daily Telegraph.
The New York Times said earlier, citing a leaked UN investigation report, two former British marines piloted their boats, a pair of military-grade inflatables, across the Mediterranean from Malta as six helicopters were flown in from Botswana using falsified papers.
“The rest of the team — soldiers of fortune from South Africa, Britain, Australia and the United States, arrived from a staging area in Jordan and off to Benghazi to help warlord Khalifa Haftar.” The report says.