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Williams says probe into allegations of bribery underway, warns of hate and defamation

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Acting Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Stephanie Williams, confirmed that the mission had referred reports on “allegations of bribery” to the UN Panel of Experts.

In her opening speech during the first virtual meeting of the second round of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, Williams said that if bribes are proven at the forum, they can impede the political process and the spoilers may be subject to sanctions.

She indicated that the mission contacted the Libyan Acting Public Prosecutor to address this issue, and reassured the participants that “as soon as any information becomes available regarding these allegations, you will be the first to see them.”

The second round of the Dialogue Forum discusses the available options related to the mechanisms for selecting the unified executive authority to lead the preliminary phase before the elections.

Smearing Campaigns

Regarding the threats and defamation campaigns on social media against the participants in the forum, Williams stressed that the mission does not tolerate the use of hate speech and incitement to violence targeting members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.

Stephanie Williams stated that the mission “has monitored and reported a number of these posts to be removed and will continue to do so.”

The Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General announced the postponement of the second meeting of this round until next Wednesday, to allow the participants to study the options available for the mechanisms for selecting the executive authority.

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