Libya’s Abdelhakim Belhadj not allowed to enter Algeria: official
The Islamic Fighting Group’s leader in Libya and the Tripoli Military Council’s commander Abdelhakim Belhadj is not allowed to enter Algeria as he is suspected of being involved in terrorist acts, Echorouk has learnt.
“As far as Algeria is concerned, Abdelhakim Belhadj is a terrorist. Because of that, it is impossible that he can enter the country,” a senior official said.
“This Libyan man is known for his armed actions in Afghanistan and Libya. He funded the group which carried out many attacks and murders,” he added.
According to the same source, Algeria can make a difference between Libyan politicians and extremists.
Belhadj tries to enter Algeria in an official way to “reach personal interests.” He wants to improve his reputation as he is suspected of working for Al-Qaeda.
He is suspected of being involved in January’s terrorist attack on a gas field in In Amenas (south of Algeria). Three arrested attackers told investigators Zintan revolutionaries sold arms to the terrorists. Killed attacker Taher Abu Chaneb negotiated with the revolutionaries about the arms and due money.
Earlier, Belhadj denied any links to Al-Qaeda, saying he rejected a request to join it in Afghanistan because of “disagreement on orientations.”
He told French media he went to Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan where he participated in relief and military actions. He thanked France and expressed gratitude for its “historic position” in the military intervention in Libya with the help of the NATO ad some Arab countries.
Earlier, Algeria received theformer head of Libya’s National Transitional Council Mustapha Abdel Jalil, Libyan interior minister Fouzi Abdel Al ad prime minister Ali Zidane. Algeria’s foreign minister Mourad Medelci and interior minister Dahou Ould Kablia paid visits to Libya as well.