Although his family has been living in Malta for a number of years, Libyan Central Bank Governor Saddek El-Kaber is currently not in Malta.
While the Central Bank of Libya reported that El-Kaber has been in hiding in Malta for months, El-Kaber is thought to be in London right now. The central bank issued a statement in which it confirmed that “the Governor’s sanctuary in Malta was a precautionary temporary measure forced upon the bank as a result of serious direct threats against the Governor.”
The threats, the central bank said, were in an effort to force the central bank to change its policy on corruption. The threats were also a result of the stand taken by the Governor on the squandering of public finances by politicians that has brought the country to the brink of financial disaster. Earlier this year, Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni accused the Governor of obstructing the government and exceeding his powers.
[April 3 2011 George Papandreou, Christopher Prentice, Abdel Ati al-Obeidi, Kofi Annan, Libya’s pot boils]
Abdel Ati al-Obeidi, Libya’s deputy foreign minister, is in Athens to deliver a message to George Papandreou, the Greek prime minister. Obeidi, the Libyan minister of European affairs, accompanied Moussa Koussa to the Tunisian town of Djerba March 30 but returned to Tripoli while Koussa flew on to London. . Muammar Gaddafi is said to have contacted the former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan. Col. Gaddafi is said to have offered political reforms during a transition period overseen by one of his sons. Annan was involved in important aspects of bringing Libya in from the cold during his decade running the world body from 1997 to 2007. He was touring Tanzania for an agricultural project on April 1. British ambassador to Italy, Christopher Prentice, arrived in Benghazi on April 2,