ENG: Farhat Omar Bengdara (September 27, 1965 in Benghazi) is a Libyan politician and banker who was the governor of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) until he defected to the anti-Gaddafi side in the course of the Libyan civil war. He left Libya for Turkey, which had directs flights and no visa requirements, on 21 February, but was formally in office until 6 March, when the government realised he would not return.
In an interview (with the Financial Times dated May 2011), he said that he had waited to resign from the bank until UN sanctions were formally in place, in the meantime delaying requested transfers of Libyan sovereign funds from EU and US accounts to countries likely to ignore the sanctions. He said that as a result 96% of external Libyan funds were blocked, and that the ...
... among tribes
Gaddafi has declared gold reserves of nearly 144 tonnes in Tripoli, worth around $6bn (£3.6bn), although the banker, Farhat Bengdara, said there could be reserves worth nearly twice that.
"Now that he is on the run, Gaddafi could have taken some of that gold," Mr Bengdara, who deserted the regime several months ago, said.
"I'm sure he's now trying to pay and corrupt tribes or militiamen for his protection and to sow chaos," the banker told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
By Duncan Gardham
Read more: The Telegraph (25 Aug 2011)
Były gubernator libijskiego banku centralnego Farhat Bengdara obawia się, że Muammar Kaddafi mógł zabrać część złota z rezerw w Trypolisie.
Bengdar jest zdania, że Kaddafi w ten sposób próbuje opłacić lub przekupić plemiona lub milicję by zdobyć ochronę.
- W Trypolisie są rezerwy złota warte 10 mld dolarów - stwierdza były gubernator, który kilka miesięcy temu przeszedł na stronę powstańców.
Czytaj więcej: rp.pl (25-08-2011)
barby - in poll Farhat Bengdara
Former Libyan central bank chief Farhat Bengdara talks about the impact of civil unrest on the Libyan Investment Authority, the country's sovereign-wealth fund. He also discussed the potential whereabouts of Muammar Qaddafi. Lara Setrakian reports from Dubai on Bloomberg Television's "On the Move."
Read more: The Washington Post with Bloomberg (Aug. 2,2011)
Further further reading
For the commute home, or while wondering about Farhat Omar Bengdara’s whereabouts, - The governor of the Libyan central bank is missing.Continue reading: Further further reading
A Libyan Reformer At The Crossroads
03-11-2011 by L. S. Carbonell A year ago, Saif al-Islam Muammar al-Qaddafi was being praised in the intellectual end of the Western media as the face of a new Libya. With his doctorate from the London School of Economics, his almost-British accent and his calm, reasonable demeanor, the West was watching his obvious attempts to [...]
Libya’s central bank chief surfaces
Libya’s central bank governor, known as the man with the key to the Gaddafi regime’s finances, on Tuesday night confirmed he was still in his post and denied speculation he had quit the regime, the FT reports. In an email to the FT, Farhat Omar Bengdara said he had been in Istanbul and had been informed that the secretary of planning and finance had been appointed acting central bank governor. He insisted he was doing his job, saying it was easier to conduct business abroad than in Tripoli, although the statement did not clarify his loyalties. Earlier, the FT reported that Bengdara had spent most of the past two weeks outside Libya. He is seen as one of few officials with authority to shift funds at a time when sanctions are tightening the squeeze on Muammer Gaddafi and his family.Continue reading: Libya’s central bank chief surfaces