American lobbying firm The Ben Barnes Group has been retained by a Libyan organisation to help locate assets hidden by former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
The company is headed by Ben Barnes (pictured), the former Speaker of Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.
According to documents recently filed under the United States' Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), Barnes will be paid $50,000 per month by Washington African Consulting Group (WACG), which is headed by Erik Iskander Goaied, Mohamed Belgasem Tag, and Douglas Keith.
The WACG in turn is assisting the National Board for the Following Up and Recovery of Libyan Looted and Disguised Funds in identifying and recovering Libyan assets in the United States and abroad.
South Africa’s City Press refers to Goaied and Tag as "arms dealers".
(Source: City Press, FARA)