Bashir Saleh Bashir

Bashir Saleh Bashir (born 1946 in Traghan) was a former aide of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. He was head of the Libyan African Portfolio, a sovereign wealth fund that invested Libya’s oil wealth mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, and served as an intermediary between Libya, Africa and France.[1] Bashir was captured after the Battle of Tripoli during the Libyan Civil War but later escaped. Libya demanded that he be extradited because it is believed he is in France.[2] Bashir spent Libya's oil money solely for the Gaddafi family, buying up hotels, mineral resources and shares in companies, eventually becoming what some Libyan officials and financial experts describe as one of the largest single investors in Africa. Libyan authorities believe that finding him is the key to finding a missing 7 billion dollars in Libyan funds.[3]

On February 23, 2018, Bashir was injured in an apparent carjacking at or near his home in Johannesburg. The assailants pulled him out of his car and shot him, before escaping in the vehicle.[4]

On November 19, 2021, Saleh declared his candidacy for president in the since postponed 2021 Libyan presidential election.[5]

On November 24, 2021, the Libyan High Electoral Commission (HNEC) invalidated Bashir Saleh's presidential candidacy.[6]


  1. ^ Sarkozy says Gaddafi aide is in France
  2. ^ Libya seeks extradition of Bashir Salah from France
  3. ^ Gaddafi aide holds key to missing Libya funds
  4. ^ "Hammer-wielding robbers attack, shoot former Gaddafi banker in Joburg".
  5. ^ "Libya: Béchir Saleh is officially running for president against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi". The Africa 2021-11-19. Retrieved 2022-02-12.
  6. ^ [ POLITIQUE Libye : pourquoi Seif el-Islam Kadhafi et Béchir Saleh ont été exclus de la présidentielle Jeune Afrique]