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TheLocal.it: Italian police bust gang smuggling fuel from Libya to Europe

Posted by: Berhane Habtemariam

Date: Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Italian police bust gang smuggling fuel from Libya to Europe

18 October 2017 15:09 CEST+02:00
Italian police bust gang smuggling fuel from Libya to Europe
Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP
Smugglers have been stealing fuel in Libya and selling it on across Europe, according to Italian police.

Italian police said on Wednesday that they had broken up a network selling low-quality Libyan diesel fuel worth €30 million euros at service stations in Sicily and as far away as France and Spain.

In a year-long investigation, the Guardia di Finanza financial police found that the smugglers were obtaining fuel destined for ships from a refinery operated by Libya's National Oil Corporation at Zawiyah, about 40 kilometres west of Tripoli.

Priced 40% below official market rates, the fuel was then mixed and distributed at service stations and on the black market, with police registering 30 trips from Libya to Sicily.

The fraud deprived the Italian tax authorities of about €11 million, police said.

A court in Catania issued several arrest warrants on Wednesday, including one for the CEO of the Italian company implicated in the fraud and an Italian go-between suspected of having mafia links

ERi-TV Tigrinya News, November 23, 2017

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