Farhat Omar Bengdara
() is a Libyan politician
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 sanctions were extremely effective and were having a major impact on the regime.
He went on to describe his current role with the Libyan opposition
, essentially trying to maintain banking functions in the free zone, and fostering relationships between the NTC and other countries which will allow central banking to be resumed when the conflict is over.
On 16 July, the day after the US recognised the NTC, he gave an interview (to Reuters
)on behalf of the newly formed association of Libyan bankers, stating that they were collecting data on Libyan foreign resources, and preparing plans for submission... Read More