Officially, Libya’s Revolutionaries did not abduct Zidan; the Anti-Crime Department did. But in reality, this department of the interior ministry is made up of members from Libya’s Revolutionaries, which is an umbrella group in which all Libyan militias are represented. [Editor’s Note: Abdelhakim al-Balaazi, a spokesperson for the Anti-Crime Department, himself is a former member of a militia from the eastern Libyan city of Zentan].
After [former Libyan dictator] Muammar Gaddafi fell from power, the militias became all-powerful in Libya. The authorities tried to give them jobs at various levels within the state structure, hoping that this would make it easier to control them and consolidate power.
However, it is clear today that this strategy failed: militias agreed to take on these jobs which gave them greater legitimacy, but continued to work in their own interest
and disobey orders from their superiors. [Editor’s Note: The Interior minister condemned the prime minister’s abduction].
Zidan was indeed kidnapped by militiamen, but these militiamen used their role with the Interior ministry to appear more legitimate. This proves that in Libya today, there is a state within the state, and it is pursuing its own agenda.