On 23 May, Swissinfo and others reported that civil society groups have accused the Zug-based oil trader Kolmar of complicity in war crimes related to the purchase of oil from war-torn Libya.  TRIAL International alleges that Kolmar Group illegally smuggled oil from Libya between 2014 and 2015.  Meanwhile, the Times of Malta links the report to Malta being reportedly at the centre of a well-coordinated multimillion fuel smuggling operation, with stolen Libyan fuel traded easily in Maltese territorial waters and through established storage facilities inside the Grand Harbour and Birżebbuġa.  The latter newspaper says that the operation started following the 2011 collapse of Libya’s Gaddafi regime, evolved into a large criminal organisation coordinated by Maltese, Libyan and Sicilian businessmen.  It is claimed that the Swiss trader purchased more than 50,000 tonnes of gasoil stored in tanks in the Grand Harbour between 2014 and 2015.


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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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