EXCLUSIVE-Libya oil rebel's brother arrested in UAE
* Former rebel leader's brother held after Interpol notice
* Family rejects charges against him
By Patrick Markey and Ghaith Shennib
TRIPOLI, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The brother of a former rebel
who has blockaded Libyan oil ports was held in Dubai after
Tripoli issued an Interpol notice for his arrest on charges of
trying to smuggle oil, Libyan government officials said.
The arrest of the brother of Ibrahim al-Jathran, whose
blockade has cost the state billions of dollars, came as the
government wages a campaign of attrition to weaken his movement
for more autonomy and control of oil wealth in eastern Libya.
Members of the protest movement and Jathran's relatives
confirmed his brother Khalid's arrest, but rejected the charges,
accusing the government in Tripoli of fabricating the
investigation to pressure Jathran by acting against his family.
Nearly three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the
oil port blockade is one of most serious challenges in Libya's
struggle to rein in former rebels who once fought Gaddafi but