Confidential UN report says Blackwater sent mercenaries to track down and assassinate Libyan leaders.
Eric Prince, the founder of Blackwater, a security firm, violated a United Nations arms embargo on Libya, a confidential UN report delivered to the UN Security Council has revealed.
According to the report, the notorious security firm tried twice to overthrow the UN-backed Government of National Accord in 2019.
The report stated that Prince sent foreign mercenaries and weapons to support Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar against the Tripoli-based government.
The mercenaries planned to form a team aimed at tracking down Libyan leaders and assassinating them, the report said.
In December last year, former US President Donald Trump issued a decision to grant clemency to four US security contractors who worked for Blackwater and were convicted of killing Iraqi civilians in 2007, a move condemned by Iraq.
Libya has been plagued by chaos since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
On Feb. 5, Libya’s rival political groups agreed during UN-mediated talks in Geneva to form an interim authority that would lead the country to elections in December this year.